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Bleemel Lane zoning request to be postponed

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON — The developers of a proposed controversial subdivision appear to be trying to address some of the surrounding property owners’ concerns in efforts to move forward with the plans.

The Mount Washington City Council was posed to here a proposal from Paragon Homes Nov. 23 to rezone 19 acres along Bleemel Lane from Agricultural to R-3 Residential.

But Attorney Mark Edison, who represents the developers, received permission from the council to postpone discussions as Paragon Homes works to address several issues surrounding the development.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission voted unanimously Oct. 8 to send an unfavorable recommendation of the request to the city council, citing that it made that decision due to adjoining property owners’ testimony and because Paragon Homes refused to dedicate a 10-foot right-of-way along the front of the property on Bleemel Lane to address traffic issues.

Many residents voiced concerns about drainage and traffic at both the Planning Commission and council meetings.

Craig Badder lives in Highland Springs subdivision and said he was concerned that the proposed subdivision would be located uphill from his home. He said retention ponds already flooded in that area.

“If you pave up all this and put houses on it, your just going to have that much more runoff that quick,” Badder said.

That is one of the issues Edison said his clients are trying to resolve.

“Drainage is a problem. We’re trying to figure out which way the water drains off that spot,” Edison said.

Initially Paragon Homes proposed about 60 homes on the 19 acres, but Edison said at the council meeting his clients were also rethinking that number. He said Paragon was also considering dedicating the 10-foot right-of-way that the Planning Commission had requested.

Edison said Paragon needed the additional time to rework its development plans and hoped the council would allow him and his client to present new information at the next meeting.

Councilman Barry Armstrong made a motion to allow Paragon Homes to re-approach the council with its revised plans at its Dec. 14 meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Annex on Branham Way.

The motion passed unanimously. Adjoining property owners and other community members wishing to voice their opinions about the proposed development will also be invited to speak.