• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Plan proposes 11 residential lots, but preserves farmland

A request to rezone 45 acres on Troy Pike in order to develop a rural residential neighborhood of 11 single-family lots led to a discussion about preserving farmland during a public hearing March 12. Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission members agreed the proposed rural residential neighborhood does preserve the most productive farmland, but Commissioner Rich Schein said he’s not certain if there’s a need for more rural residential lots. “I agree, for what this is,” said Schein, “it’s one of the best (rural residential developments) I’ve ever seen. But I don’t know if we need any more development out in the country – 10 miles from the middle of town …” Commissioner Barry Drury said he hates to see farmland disappear too. “But it’s hard to pay for it with just farming,” he explained. “But if you have to have farmland disappear, I like the way he’s done it. The remainder (of the farm) will be protected.” The commission agreed to table action on the zone change request after a motion to approve by commissioner Randal Bohannon died because it lacked a second. “I would like to think about it between now and next meeting as well,” said Commissioner Chad Wells. The plan presented by property owner Trey Schott and Tim Thompson, project engineer, preserves 232 acres as residual farmland, which will have one residential building right. A preliminary development plan shows the proposed lots clustered along a private road (Polo Run Road), but about one-half mile off Troy Pike. “We followed the natural contour of the land almost completely – very minimal cut and fill to put this farm road in,” said Schott. He said his family owns an adjacent horse farm operation and recently replaced the fencing along Troy Pike on this property. Thompson said the Sellers family had owned the farm for 100-plus years before Schott purchased the 278 acres at auction with a desire to preserve most of the farmland by developing an 11-lot rural residential cluster over the next five to 10 years. “We decided we wanted to protect our current horse farm operation and preserve and steer the future of this farm,” said Schott. He described the rural residential cluster as the only viable way to make purchasing the land financially feasible “and preserve the farmland at the same time.” Three other residential lots, which exist near the cluster because of previous in-family conveyances, will allow his children to build their homes and run their own equine operations on the property, Schott said. Commissioner Tim Parrott was absent. Church parking The commission approved a development plan for Versailles Church of God of Prophecy that allows a parking lot at 280 A. P. Indy Lane. The 23 parking spaces on the site will provide for additional parking for the church, which is located nearby on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Laval Heights. The plan also shows a future 450 square-foot church gathering facility on the .51-acre lot.

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