• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Zone change moves Midway Station closer to ‘original vision’

Rezoning 32 acres of Midway Station to light industrial and highway business will allow the Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) to fulfill an original vision for that property as a place for jobs that will create tax revenue for the City of Midway, EDA attorney William Moore said. Before the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously last Thursday, May 9, to recommend the zone changes to Midway City Council, Moore pointed out that the EDA now has control over the Midway Station property in order to pursue that “original vision.” EDA Chair John Soper said the request to rezone 32.012 acres from P-1 (professional office) and R-3 (medium density residential) to light industrial and highway business came after conversations with Woodford Fiscal Court and Midway City Council. He said the EDA continues efforts to finalize contracts with two parties, including a large church with a public daycare center, interested in coming to the Midway Station property, located north of Midway’s I-64 interchange. “So this zoning,” explained Soper, “is not something that we just picked out. It’s the product of the demand that we have. And certainly since we took (control of) this property back (from private developer Dennis Anderson) … residential did not make sense… “B-5 (highway business) and Industrial is what we do best. And I think that’s what needs to happen out there. And I think we’ll have some success at it.” Commissioner Barry Drury was not present for the meeting. Hippe-Agee farm The commission unanimously recommended a zone change of 20.216 acres on Hippe-Agee Road from A-1 (agricultural) and CO-1 (conservation) to A-4 (small community). The commission’s recommendation to approve the zone change goes to Woodford Fiscal Court for final action. A log cabin is currently on the 20-acre parcel, located in the small community of Millville. Project surveyor Tim Thompson told the commission that someone wants to purchase the property in the northeast corner of Journey’s End Farm. To ensure the 20-acre tract remains undivided, Paul Huber, who owns a total of about 450 acres with his wife, said a deed restriction and note on the plat would restrict the number of residences on that property to one. A neighboring property owner concerned about enforcing these restrictions moving forward was told by commission attorney Jacob Walbourn that nothing will change as long as there’s no alteration to the proposed deed. Neighbor Jane Marie Watts said she doesn’t have any worries as long as Paul and Lindy Huber own the property and doesn’t oppose the zone change, but she did point out that it’s important for Woodford County leaders to protect environmentally sensitive areas near and along the Kentucky River. She emphasized that this area has been prone to flash flooding in the past, which has damaged the public road and privately-owned properties. Because of the topography of the 20 acres that would be rezoned, Paul Huber said, “If they (a new owner) wanted to build a (new private) road, there’s no way they could do it.” “It is as it’s been for 200 years,” he later explained. Added Thompson, “Nothing’s changing … It’s going to be just like it is.” Commissioners Patty Perry and Rich Schein both recused themselves from the vote on this zone-change request. A minor subdivision plat was approved contingent upon the Fiscal Court approving the zone change. Edmonds Cross The commission unanimously approved two amended final record plats for lots in the Edmonds Cross neighborhood (Ball Homes, LLC), located off Huntertown Road. One amended plat lowers the flood protection elevation of 273 Brunswick Circle by about four inches. A letter from the City of Versailles’ consulting engineer, Mary Beth Robson, of GRW Engineering, stated lowering of the flood protection elevation “is acceptable to me due to the large size of the detention basin and its dam length.” The second amended plat lowers the flood protection elevations of 404, 408, 412, 420 and 424 Hastings Lane, which were one foot higher than required, so the lots match the elevation of other lots in this neighborhood, Planning Director Pattie Wilson told the commission. Rural residential lots A final record plat creating 13 rural residential lots (Larland Estates/Larry Donnell) at 4395 Troy Pike was unanimously approved, with Perry recusing herself. The approval included a certificate of deposit for $63,250 to cover the costs of final road surface, cleanup and contingencies during construction of the rural residential neighborhood. Fintville Road lots A final record plat creating lots at 231 and 364 Fintville Road (Lucian Brooks Estates/Charles Baker) was approved by the commission. The 53-acre tract was divided into two parcels when Fintville Road was constructed. The parcels became non-conforming lots when the minimum lot size in the conservation district was increased to 30 acres in the early-2000s, Wilson told the commission. Wooldridge Gardens The commission approved a preliminary development plan and plat for 174 Abbey Road (Wooldridge Gardens), located off Falling Springs Boulevard. The amended plan increases the density of the townhouse neighborhood from 32 to 34 units. '

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