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Group sues Planning Commission

The Woodford Coalition has filed a lawsuit in Woodford Circuit Court asking a judge to rule that the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan violated its 2011 Comprehensive Plan and 2016 goals and objectives.

Members of the group are also plaintiffs in a 2016 lawsuit against the Versailles City Council, Planning Commission and owners of the Edgewood Farm property.

Referring to last week’s suit, Lori Garkovich, a member of the Woodford Coalition, said the concerns of speakers weren’t acknowledged by the Planning Commission. Five-minute time limits for speakers and other alleged problems are cited in the suit.

“I just think the process is not open enough… sometimes concerns can’t be expressed in a certain amount of time. You’ve got to be able to explain it through and a lot of times, people don’t understand that you can also submit a letter... and you’re not so sure somebody reads them,” Garkovich said. “I just feel that in a process such as this that determines the future of a community, there needs to be more transparency and openness and a willingness to listen on both sides.”

Garkovich said she hopes the plan is “sent back for further discussion and and more open conversation with citizens and the Planning Commission.”

Planning Commission Director Pattie Wilson was unavailable for comment.

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