• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Lexington Road 518-lot subdivision plat approved

The plat for a 518-lot residential subdivision on Lexington Road was unanimously approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission last Thursday, Nov. 12. No one spoke in opposition to the subdivision plat, which depicts three units of 200, 177 and 144 residential lots. A plat was previously approved for the property, but work did not commence on the subdivision, so developer 2001 Lexington Road, LLC was required to get the commission’s approval again. The revised plat for Paynes Crossing subdivision (former Backer farm) at 2001 Lexington Road includes an entrance into the Huntertown Community Interpretive Park. The bike and walking trail will encourage people to come into the park but not invite through-traffic, which could cause safety issues, said Rich Pictor, of the Versailles-Woodford County Parks & Recreation Department. The driveway area at the edge of Paynes Crossing and the park will be turned over to the Parks Department, which will maintain and manage it, Pictor said. He said the walking and bike trail will provide a connection all the way to U.S. 60 and the City of Versailles. “Because the idea,” said Sioux Finney, who took on the Huntertown Community Park project with a committee of volunteers, “is we get people from these surrounding neighborhoods, adjoining neighborhoods to be able to walk into this park …” People will be able to enjoy a community space of 38 beautiful acres that also celebrates the African-American heritage of Woodford County, she explained. “We think this (park) is going to be a gem and a treasure in the community and in the commonwealth,” Finney said. Pictor said nearly $25,000 has been contributed to the parks project “to help make this dream become a reality” over the last several months, with local donations and others coming from as far away as Alaska. Commissioner Rich Schein complimented the developer of the subdivision and those helping to make the Huntertown Community Park project a reality for their willingness to work together on this plat. Troy Pike lots The commission approved a preliminary subdivision plat for an 11-lot rural residential neighborhood on farm property at 3473 Troy Pike. The proposed lots will be located on a ridge, but are not visible to any adjoining property owners, according to a landscape buffer waiver request. Property owner Trey Schott said the distance from Troy Pike to the lots, which will be located on a private road, will make it difficult for passing motorists to see any homes unless they are stopped at the Pinckard Pike intersection. Action was tabled on approving a landscape buffer waiver after questions were raised by commissioners Schein and Barry Drury. They had concerns about homes being visible from Troy Pike if a landscape buffer was not required. Drury said he drives past the property nearly every day, and argued the landscape buffer will make a difference in terms of visibility. Other commissioners visited the farm and proposed sites of the rural residential lots, and did not see a need to delay approving the landscape buffer waiver. “You can sit there and see it,” said Commissioner Randal Bohannon of the lot locations, “but you’ve got to look awfully hard.” Jeri Hartley agreed. She made the motion to approve the plat. The commission agreed to table action on the waiver so everyone can see the site before voting. Mi Pueblito’s plan The commission unanimously approved a development plan for a larger Mi Pueblito’s restaurant on a vacant lot between the McDonald’s Restaurant and Holiday Inn hotel off the U.S. 60 Bypass at 360 Commerce Drive. Mi Pueblito’s is currently located at 103 Crossfield Drive. In-person meetings Given the recent jump in coronavirus cases in Kentucky, Planning Director Pattie Wilson recommended no in-person meetings be conducted unless they are necessary for a public hearing. No one opposed, so most meetings will be held virtually via the Zoom online platform. Four of the nine commissioners attended last Thursday’s meeting virtually.

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