• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Troy Pike residential neighborhood moves forward

A subdivision plan to develop 148 single-family residential lots on Troy Pike was approved by the Planning Commission following a public hearing on March 8.

The neighborhood will be located on 55 acres north of Southside Elementary School. The property has been planned as a residential neighborhood on county zoning maps for over 50 years, Planning Director Pattie Wilson told the commission.

Because a shared entrance with Southside Elementary in an earlier plan is no longer feasible, the revised development plan proposes a separate entrance for the planned single-family residential neighborhood on Troy Pike.

“This is a real important development for this community,” said Steve Rochelle, an attorney representing the developer. “It will be the beginning of connecting of the area between Huntertown Road and Troy Pike.”

Rochelle described the proposed neighborhood as “a very nice development,” which the developer has made a commitment to complete.

He argued that a limited number of residential lots available in Woodford County created a need for the much-larger lots planned at this location. He said the project will start on the lots closest to Troy Pike, with the construction of 50 houses.

Each phase of the project will likely consist of about 50 lots, according to project engineer Al Gross.

He said the developer of the property will be required to not increase storm-water runoff downstream and work with the county engineer to ensure that does not happen. In a related matter, commission member Jim Boggs raised concerns about providing city water and sewer service to 50 more residential lots. He argued that any infrastructure improvements that are needed will cost taxpayers.

“We’ve been told that the infrastructure’s in place to support that,” said Gross. “I know that,” responded Boggs. “You wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t been told that. I don’t believe (what you’re being told).”

Commission attorney Tim Butler pointed out that water and sewer capacity for the proposed residential lots should have been set aside a long time ago.

While a neighboring property owner voiced no objection to the subdivision, she did ask why the developer would move forward with a plan before contacting her homeowners association to “see if we have any issues that would affect our properties.” Rochelle noted that the developer was under no legal obligation to provide its plans to the homeowners, and he pointed out that a residential development was planned prior to the construction of the townhouses.

In a history of the property given to the commission, Wilson stated that the county’s first official zoning map in 1971 gave the zoning designation of single-family residential to a majority of this (the Sellers family) property. A 12-acre tract was rezoned from A-1 (agriculture) to residential in 2005.

A planned unit development neighborhood was approved in 2005 for property from Troy Pike to Huntertown Road, with 24 townhouse units (Edmonds Cross) built after plats were approved in 2013 and 64 single-family residential lots now planned on the Huntertown side of the property.

Rochelle said the property developer will need approval from the state Department of Transportation in order to construct an entrance from Troy Pike into the proposed residential neighborhood. Building a left turn lane into the subdivision will be an expensive undertaking, “but we’re willing to do that,” he said.

Two subdivision regulation waivers, also approved by the commission, will allow the developer to construct a cul-de-sac at the end of a neighborhood street and two lots with rear yards facing Troy Pike.

Boggs abstained on a motion to approve the subdivision plan, which passed 6 to 0. Prior to its vote, commission member Rich Schein offered some advice to applicants in the future. “I wish that people would ... talk to each other before they come in here,” he said.

Commission members Tim Parrott and Patty Perry were not present at the meeting.

B&B ordinance

The commission unanimously recommended a text amendment that will allow bed and breakfast/inn establishments as an accessory use for properties in the A-1 district. As proposed, B&Bs allowed as an accessory use would be limited to three or fewer guestrooms on properties of at least five acres, with no events.

B&Bs with four or more guestrooms and/or events would still be required to complete a two-step process under the current ordinance, which only allows B&Bs as a conditional use.

The Board of Adjustment either approves or disapproves a conditional-use permit after the request is first reviewed by the Agricultural

Advisory Review Committee.

The AARC recommended that the Planning Commission review the ordinance governing B&Bs to make it more user friendly. The recommendation making B&Bs, with three or fewer guestrooms and no events, an accessory use now goes to the Midway and Versailles city councils and Woodford Fiscal Court for final approval.

No one spoke during the Planning Commission’s hearing on the proposed text amendment to the ordinance governing B&Bs.

Plats approved

A minor amended plat allowing a lower floor elevation for a home that was built at 6022 Harkness Lane in the Rose Ridge subdivision was unanimously approved.

County Engineer Buan Smith wrote a letter informing the commission that a detention basin was built below the new floor elevation and lowering the elevation was acceptable after he reviewed the drainage report of the project engineer.

A consolidation plat allowing an in-family conveyance of three lots at 1790, 1798 and 1804 Woodlark Road was approved. Lynn and Lola

Cash will retain a 16-acre farm after the lots are conveyed to their children.

The plat consolidated a one-acre parcel of land purchased from an adjacent landowner in order for the parent farm to meet the 30-acre minimum for the in-family conveyances, Wilson told the commission.

The commission approved a subdivision plat consolidating a 1.872-acre land parcel with 2.061 acres to create a 3.993-acre lot at 690 Fintville Road, with a remaining 4.461 acres at 755 Fintville Road (Eller estate and James Tracy Eller property). The legal nonconforming lots were divided by Fintville Road and the approved plat gives road frontage to the lot at 690 Fintville Road, Wilson pointed out.

Audit, budget

The commission unanimously approved an audit of last fiscal year and a proposed budget for next fiscal year. The budget must be approved by the Midway and Versailles city councils as well as Woodford Fiscal Court.

The 2018-19 budget recommends a 3 percent pay raise for Planning Commission staff. It also includes a 13 percent hike for health insurance and $5,000 for legal fees, which may be needed if a lawsuit involving the Edgewood property on Lexington Road moves forward in the coming fiscal year.

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