• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Land-use plan public hearing on Feb. 15

A public hearing to discuss a draft document with proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan has been scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m.The Planning Commission can vote to approve an updated land-use plan following the hearing.

The draft document, with changes proposed by a Comp Plan subcommittee, will be accessible to people in the community on the Planning Commission’s website.

During a work session with the full Planning Commission on a proposed update of the Comprehensive Plan, committee Chair Patty Perry said statistical data, including public service information, was updated, but “it was agreed upon that no major future land-use changes would be necessary with this update.”

Other than recommendations to identify acreage in Midway near existing neighborhoods as future residential (and not commercial as currently identified) and identifying land on the north side of Leestown Road as being in the workplace district, no significant land-use changes are proposed in Midway.

On the south side of U.S. 60 (Lexington Road) and west of the Blue Grass Parkway in Versailles, the Comp Plan committee has proposed that a tract of land across U. S. 60 from the new home of Frontier Nursing University (formerly occupied by the Methodist Home) be identified as workplace district in order to accommodate a vehicular access with traffic signal for land near the BG Parkway that’s already in the workplace district.

Earlier in the work session, Perry reminded members of the commission that the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan began in August 2015. She then reviewed recommended changes to the current land-use plan, which was last updated in 2011.

A proposed northwest corridor in the state’s transportation plan and pedestrian pathways are included in the land-use plan, Perry said. Planning Director Pattie Wilson told the commission that grant dollars for pedestrian pathways typically become more accessible to local governments when those projects are included in a Comprehensive Plan.

The amended goals and objectives for the updated Comp Plan were adopted in late-2015 by the city councils of Midway and Versailles as well as Woodford Fiscal Court.

Residential lots

The Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary subdivision plat creating 50 residential lots on property (formerly known as Backer I) at2001 Lexington Road.

The City of Versailles recently approved public water and sewer service for the 50 lots, identified as the first unit of the Paynes Crossing subdivision. Construction plans must be approved before the development of these Paynes Crossing lots, located adjacent to the Gleneagles subdivision, with vehicular access on Granger Lane.

Commissioner Jim Boggs, who voted against approving the subdivision plat, pointed out that the Comprehensive Plan states that development should occur in areas where there’s existing public infrastructure and services, and that the cost of the sewer line for these residential lots will be shouldered by local taxpayers.

A total of 495 residential lots are proposed to be developed on the 188 acres along Lexington Road now known as Paynes Crossing.

When asked if the other lots will be developed over the next 10 years as previously stated, project engineer Bill McAlpin told Boggs that will be dictated by the housing market.

“The way the market’s turning,” said McAlpin, “we think we may go even faster than (we had projected).”

“That’s what’s worrying me,” responded Boggs.

No one from the public spoke in opposition to the proposed development of 50 residential lots of the Paynes Crossing subdivision (2001 Lexington Road, LLC: Danny Gaekwad).

Police station

A final development plan to construct a new Versailles Police station at 239 North Main Street (former location of old St. Leo School) was unanimously approved. The proposed two-story police station includes a sally port (a secure entry for officers to bring in persons who have been arrested and to bring in evidence collected during criminal investigations).

Vet clinic plan

An amended final development plan that will allow VCA to construct a new veterinary clinic at 1325 Lexington Road was approved unanimously. A proposed 9,225 square-foot clinic will replace an existing clinic, with a crematorium and dog park also planned for the site.

A dog kennel will also remain on the property.

Urgent care clinic

An amended plat for the Equestrian Park commercial development, which subdivides an existing lot in order to create two lots along Lexington Road, was approved.

The commission also approved a development plan for a Fast Pace Urgent Treatment Clinic on the .85-acre lot at 120 A. P. Indy Lane, which is located next to the now-demolished old Woodford County Middle School on Maple Street. There was no development plan submitted for the .52-acre commercial lot at 150 A. P. Indy Lane, also created by the approved plat.

Townhouse plat

A final record plat was approved for a two-unit townhouse at 103A and 103B Mack Street (Almogaver Properties, LLC) after a hearing, with no public comment.

Wells reelected chair

Wells was unanimously reelected as chair of the commission, with Patty Perry remaining as vice chair and Ed McClees as secretary. The commission also voted unanimously to not make any changes on its subcommittees.

Jeri Hartley will continue to chair the subdivision regulation committee, with Jim Boggs, Randal Bohannon and Chantel Bingham as members. The personnel and budget committee members are Bohannon (chair), McClees, Perry and Rich Schein. Zoning administrator and legal committee members are McClees (chair), Boggs, Bingham and Tim Parrott. Comp Plan committee members will remain Perry (chair), Hartley, Parrott and Schein.

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