CLERMONT – While the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to a pair of rezoning requests on Highway 245, it presented a condition.
Before any site plan would be approved for the Core 5 distribution facility, a landscaping proposal would have to be submitted.
At its September meeting, the commission looked at the plan presented by attorney Emily Vessels and members liked what they saw.
The 326,400 square foot warehouse would have an 8-foot berm along Highway 245, along with an existing treeline.
Along the eastern side of the property, which abuts land at the Interstate 65 interchange owned by county government, additional trees would be added to the existing ones.
The goal is to hide the building from the public.
While commissioner Paul Kulmer was concerned that the landscape plan was only required because the county owned the adjoining property, chairman John Miller said that this would be just the first of many where such would be required.
Miller said the commission has an obligation to protect surround landowners.
With the landscape plan approved by the commission, Bullitt Fiscal Court will make the final decision on the rezoning request.
In other zoning action:
*Despite concerns from several residents in the area, the commission voted to give a favorable recommendation to rezone 227 acres owned by Mark Stout and Stout Brothers Farm off Grigsby Lane from Agricultural to R-1 Residential.
Attorney John Wooldridge said that access to the residential subdivision would be from Deerwood Farm, which is an existing area off Bardstown Road.
The attorney said the plans are in the very early stages. Depending on the soil analysis, some tract might be 10 or more acres.
With the present zoning, Wooldridge said three mobile homes could be placed on each 10-acre tract.
Instead, the intent is to build nice homes on larger lots. He said there is no intent on having 400 homes in the area.
North Nelson Water and Salt River Electric would provide utilities. The development would have strict building restrictions.
However, nearby neighbors were not sure that any type of residential development would be suitable.
Kimberly Rummage asked the commission to table the request until some type of plans are given for review.
She added that many neighbors didn’t see the posted signs about the rezoning request.
(Legal requirements demand that the applicant provide letters notifying them of the rezoning change if they adjoin the property in question. It also requires a legal notice to be published in The Pioneer News.)
Rummage felt that too many questions existed. She was also concerned with the lack of information, such as the number of homes planned, for the area.
With the application stating the property was on Grigsby Lane, Rummage felt more residents would have been out in larger numbers if they had known the true location. And she was also concerned about construction vehicles using Grigsby Lane.
Robbie Spencer was concerned about traffic, especially heavy equipment.
Terry Rummage said existing roads are one-lane in width and can’t accommodate larger vehicles.
Robin Gehlbach said the comprehensive land-use plan was outdated and needed to be revised.
David Johnson said the land was not suitable for residential development. He said it won’t be a simple process to get septic approval.
Wooldridge said the only thing being requested was a zoning change. Subdivision plan approval will come at a later time.
He knows there won’t be sewers available and he knows there won’t be 277 homes built on the property.
The attorney did know that Deerwood Farms would be the access point and he agreed to not use any other roads.
The commission voted 7-0 with Small not voting to send a favorable recommendation to Bullitt Fiscal Court. The lone condition was that Vaughn Road could not be used for an access point.
*For years the Lebanon Junction Feed and Hardware operated as a business in a residential area. The new owners would like to bring the property into compliance.
The Turnaround Resource Center requested a rezoning from R-2 Residential to B-2 Central Business on its property at South Poplar Street in Lebanon Junction.
Vessels said that the property is adjacent to other commercial zoning and that it had not been used for residential housing.
The commission, with no opposition from the public, voted to give a favorable recommendation. The Lebanon Junction City Council will make the final decision.
*The commission tabled a decision on a request by KJS Investments Property to rezone 1.75 acres from R-2 Residential to B-2 Central Business along Armstrong Lane outside Mount Washington.
Kelli Settles said that the plan would be to have two buildings with a total of 13 retail spots. There are no structures currently on the property.
Commissioner Steve Small said that while talks of a coffee shop might be heard that night, it could always turn into a liquor store in the future.
He added that he was concerned the impact on the adjacent church and the impact on Armstrong Lane in terms of traffic.
Commissioner Brent Wheeler advised the applicant to talk with Mount Washington officials even though the property is still in the county. In order to make sure utilities are available, he said a conversation now might be advised.
The commission voted to table any decision to allow the applicant more time to research the request.
*Jerry Hume received an unfavorable recommendation to rezone .12 acre on West Oak Street in Lebanon Junction from R-2 Residential to R-4 Residential.
The request would be to allow a manufactured home to be placed on the lot. The structure would be placed on a permanent foundation.
However, the request was met with opposition from neighbors. Complaints ranged from the home not fitting in with the community to the structure being placed on a lot which was too small.
Declining property values was another concern.
Miller said that even if the rezoning would be approved, variances would be needed to place the home on the property.
The commission was unanimous in its unfavorable recommendation. The Lebanon Junction City Council will make the final decision.
*Carmel Bleemel received a favorable recommendation to rezone three acres from R-2 Residential to R-1 Residential on Bogard Lane.
A three-acre tract would be sold for a single residence.
Bullitt Fiscal Court will make the final decision.
The next meeting of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will be on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited.
In Board of Adjustment cases:
*An application for a variance by Ronald Fick was denied.
For a second straight meeting, the applicant was not present on his request for a variance on Water Tower Road in Lebanon Junction.
With no one to present the case, the board voted 5-0 to deny the request.
*John Long III was granted a variance to encroach on a side yard setback.
The request would allow the applicant to add space onto his home on Oak Run Drive.
There was no opposition.
*Jeffrey Lampe was granted a conditional-use permit to establish a family cemetery on Ricketts Lane.
He said with the recent passing of his mother, the family thought it would be nice to have a cemetery for the relatives.
He said the cemetery would be fenced and would be maintained.
As part of the conditional-use permit, the deed would include language stating that the portion of the property would be used as a cemetery. Also, a good road to the cemetery would be required.
There was no opposition.
The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustments will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the courthouse annex. The public is invited.