• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Requests for warehouse, industrial lots approved

Plats allowing developers to move forward with a warehouse in the Midway Station industrial park and industrial lots on Tyrone Pike were unanimously approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 9. Approved plats for 167 McKinney Avenue allow White Dog Trading & Storage, LLC (Mark Harris) to create two light industrial lots. The final development for the warehouse and office planned for a 6.65-acre lot in Midway Station (located near manufacturer American Howa Kentucky, Inc.) was approved by the commission in December. Warehouses on a 15.467-acre lot (for future development) cannot be built until the infrastructure to serve the lot has been constructed, a staff report stated. “We feel that this project is the highest and best use for this property (currently owned by the Roach family),” John Soper, Woodford County Economic Development Authority chair, told the commission. “The intent is to do this first warehouse and then Mr. Harris has the … option to build three more (warehouses). “This is a project that doesn’t generate a whole lot in payroll taxes, but the barrel tax that will be generated (from aging bourbon whiskey stored in the warehouse) is immense. And it’s an important project. “Our goal is to increase revenue for the cities and council, school system, etc. And so that’s why we endorsed trying to do this.” He said the property had been on the market for quite some time prior to an option agreement with Harris. A subdivision plat, showing five industrial lots on Tyrone Pike, was also approved. A development plan for five storage buildings (JPG Rental & Storage, LLC/Joe Gay) at 1051 Tyrone Pike was approved by the commission last July and a grading permit was issued in November to prepare the site for construction, Wilson told the commission. Gay is seeking approval for this plat, with four lots along Tyrone Pike, because of the interest shown in small industrial lots, said Wilson. The approved plat has lots from 1.559 to 3.63 acres. Wilson said city water and sewer lines that will serve the lots already exist and a sixth lot will serve as a detention basin for the lots being developed. Townhouses The commission approved an amended plat for nine additional townhouse units being developed by John Lauderdale on Parkview Place behind the former Cleveland Home property near downtown Versailles. Project engineer Tim Thompson told the commission the townhouse designs were changed in this revised plat. Committee members After voting unanimously to approve officers, including new Chair Patty Perry (see story on front page), the commission voted 9 to 0 on its committee members for 2020. Subdivision regulation, plat review and zoning ordinance committee members are Jeri Hartley (chair), Barry Drury, Tim Parrott and Chantel Bingham; personal and budget committee members are Rich Schein (chair), Randal Bohannon, Parrott and Chad Wells; legal committee members are Wells (chair), Bohannon, the Rev. Floyd Greene and Schein; comprehensive plan and zoning map review committee members are Drury (chair), Greene, Hartley and Bingham. Committee meetings The budget committee will meet Friday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. to begin working on a budget for next fiscal year. A proposed budget needs to be submitted to Midway and Versailles city councils as well as Woodford Fiscal Court by March, Wilson told the commission. The zoning ordinance committee may or may not need to meet to discuss a proposed text amendment to the zoning ordinance related to “projecting signs.” The text amendment request was submitted by Versailles Council. A public hearing must be conducted by the commission before that body can make a recommendation to the council, which will ultimately approve any changes to the ordinance for projecting signs in commercial and business districts.

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