• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Committee sends land use plan to Planning Commission

A committee working on an update of the county’s land use plan agreed to a few minor expansions to the urban services boundaries for the cities of Versailles and Midway during a work session on Dec. 14. Before ending the meeting, committee members voted to present a draft document showing all proposed changes, including the boundary expansions, to an updated five-year Comprehensive Plan to the full Planning Commission at its January meeting. “It’ll be a work session to get feedback from the entire commission…,” explained committee Chair Patty Perry. “And then with their approval (of an updated Comp Plan), we hope to have a public hearing at the February meeting.” She said work on updating the land use plan began in 2015. During their final work session before presenting a proposed updated land use plan to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission, Comp Plan committee members supported a proposed expansion of the Versailles urban services boundary that would result in a property along Lexington Road (a portion of the land historically known as the Backer property) being designated as a workplace/employment district on the land use map. Because that property is across Lexington Road from the future location of Frontier Nursing University, where a traffic signal will be located in the future, changing its land use to workplace will allow a vehicular access for a tract of property near the Blue Grass Parkway that’s already in the workplace/employment district, Perry told committee members. Urban Services Expansion A proposed expansion of the workplace/employment district, located north of I-64, would expand Midway’s urban services boundary to Woodford Reserve’s barrel warehouse property on Georgetown Road, with a second proposed expansion north of the existing Midway Station property. In addition to the two sites where workplace/employment district expansions are proposed, the committee agreed to identify the recommended land use for two parcels already inside the urban services boundary, including land adjacent to North Ridge Estates, as residential on Midway’s proposed land use map. Tim Parrott, who serves on the Comp Plan committee, was not present at last Thursday’s meeting. Development plan The commission approved a final development plan for a lot at 467 Kroger Way, near McDonald’s and the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites being built along Lexington Road at the U.S. 60 (Versailles) bypass. The plan shows a 36-seat restaurant with a drive-through, an 80-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio, a retail business and an unknown use in a fourth storefront. Action on a final record plat for properties at 399, 402 and 467 Kroger Way, and 360, 386 and 416 Commerce Drive was postponed. The developer of those commercial properties, Versailles Land Group, cannot obtain permits to begin until a plat has been recorded. Versailles Land Group would like to have a plat ready for Planning Commission action at its meeting in February, a representative of the developer told the commission. Subdivision regulations The Planning Commission unanimously approved an amendment to its subdivision regulations that will require a developer to make final improvements to a residential subdivision within two years of posting a certificate of deposit. If final improvements are not complete within two years, the CD covering the actual cost of remaining improvements will be increased by 10 percent every two years. Versailles City Council’s request for a public hearing on the text amendment arose with a slow build out of subdivisions since the recent recession, according to information given to the commission. Because the City of Versailles does not allow letters of credit to be posted as a performance guarantee, that was eliminated as a surety option in the revised construction guarantee procedure regulation. No one spoke in favor or against the text amendment at last Thursday’s hearing. Storm Water The commission has also been asked to have a public hearing on storm water management facilities in order to minimize the possibility of those facilities malfunctioning and posing a threat to the citizens of Woodford County, according to a resolution passed by the Versailles City Council in October. Because this would be a much broader text amendment, Planning Director Pattie Wilson said a hearing on proposed changes related to storm water management facilities will not happen until after the first of the year.

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