• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

CrossPointe gets permit for future church site

CrossPointe Church was approved for a conditional-use permit on Monday that will allow its future sanctuary to be located on 7.14 acres at 124 Dry Ridge Road. The initial phase of the project will involve building a pavilion, with the construction of a church sanctuary coming at a later date, according to information given to the Board of Adjustment before its meeting.

“We have inadequate parking and no room for expansion (at 130 Depot Street, our current location) so that’s the reason (for this request); and our long-term plan is to move to this new property,” said church trustee Bill Brown. “But for financial reasons we’ve got to do it in stages. And our first phase is to actually build a pavilion out there.”

The planned 40-foot-by-100-foot pavilion and the property will provide a location for its Easter Extravaganza and other community activities, he added.

CrossPointe Church is eligible for a permit to build a church on land zoned for agricultural uses because it’s a conditional use in that district. A permit was previously granted to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, which sold the property bounded by Troy Pike and Dry Ridge Road, to CrossPointe Church in January 2017.

Because conditional-use permits are not transferable with the sale of property, CrossPointe Church had to apply for its own permit. Two residents of Bluegrass Estates were given additional information about the CrossPointe Church’s plans for the property, with questions raised by one of them about how many people will use the property and how much that will affect traffic on Dry Ridge Road. Planning Director Pattie Wilson pointed out that several other steps must be taken by CrossPointe Church before it can build on the land, including the Planning Commission’s approval of a development plan.

Tourist destination

The board approved setback variances so Laura and James Stouffer can move forward with plans to operate a tourist destination and host events such as wedding ceremonies on their property at 1470 Clifton Road. The variances will allow events to occur in portions of a Victorian home built in 1886 known as “Heartland” and a barn on the 30-acre property. Wilson’s staff report on the request noted that the property is eligible to be utilized as a tourist destination because of the historic home’s age.

No one spoke in opposition to the request for variances to operate a tourist destination on the Clifton Road property zoned for agricultural uses. The land was originally a part of the Prichard Farm, the staff report stated.

Election of officers

With board members Frank Stark and David Prewitt (not yet reappointed) absent, the BOA agreed to delay its election of officers until the February meeting.

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