• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Troy Pike rural residential lots recommended for approval

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the approval of a zone change for a rural residential development on Troy Pike at Carpenter Pike.

Property owner Larry Donnell’s request to rezone 23.231 acres to rural residential in order to create 13 single-family lots along Carpenter Pike was forwarded to Woodford Fiscal Court for final approval. A remaining residential building right was reserved for 97.546 acres of residual farmland at 4395 Troy Pike, according to the request for a zone change.

Prior to a motion to recommend the approval of the zone change last Thursday, May 10, Commissioner Jim Boggs said he continued to have a concern about availability of water to serve the proposed residential lots. He argued an existing six-inch waterline does not adequately serve the area.

“What I’m saying,” explained Boggs, “is we have really put too much on our water district…”

In a letter to the commission, the South Woodford Water District certified that water is available with adequate volume and pressure to serve the proposed rural residential lots along Carpenter Pike, but Boggs said an outside consultant should look into the water availability issue before more residential lots are approved in this area.

He also suggested asking Donnell if he’d agree to only seven residential lots in the first five years of development while unknowns related to water availability are addressed. The ordinance already restricts the developer/owner of a rural residential subdivision to eight lots in the first year, Planning Director Pattie Wilson said.

“The property owner has an expectation – in my opinion a legal right to an expectation – to be able to develop 13 lots once he’s given up the development rights for 80 percent of his property,” said Commissioner Tim Parrott. He also said a farm owner can build residences on farmland (for employees and family members) without the review process required for rural residential lots.

Boggs also briefly discussed traffic issues before he voted against Parrott’s motion to recommend the zone change, which passed 6 to 1.

During a public hearing on April 12, several neighboring property owners voiced concerns related to the proposed rural residential subdivision diminishing the rural character of the area, and issues related to traffic on Troy Pike and specifically a dangerous Carpenter Pike intersection. After the hearing was closed, commission members agreed to postpone action at Boggs’s request.

Rich Schein was not present last Thursday and Patty Perry recused herself from voting on the rural residential request.

Amended plat

The commission unanimously approved an amended final record plat reconfiguring six residential lots on Abbey Road (Anderson Communities) in the Wooldridge Gardens neighborhood along Falling Springs Boulevard

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