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County to ask for site plans on utility

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Louisville Gas and Electric built a substation on Highway 61 next to The Pointe subdivision.

People called the Bullitt County Planning Commission seeking information.

But, since such utilities are not by local zoning laws, Roanne Hammond and her staff didn’t know anything to tell residents.

That has all changed.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission unanimously approved a measure to require a site plan to be filed on things such as cell towers and substations that are regulated by the state Public Service Commission.

The planning commission has no say on the matter. However, the motion approved allows the planning administrator to look at the site plan and bring any questions to the commission.

Commissioner Daryl Lee, the long-time planning administrator, said it would be a good idea to have some information on file in case people call with questions.

Commission attorney Rob Flaherty said that the board has the right to ask for site plans.

Hammond said the calls have increased recently but she explained to them that there is no requirement to provide any information to the planning office.

Commissioner Thomas Givhan understood the reasoning but said if the agency had no say, why require the information.

Deciding that it would be good to have some information for its records, the commission voted 7-0 to require the site plans.

In other action:

*John and Wanda Poteet were granted approval on their subdivision plan off Apple Valley Way. Three tracts would be divided on the 43 acres.

*Frank Cornell Development received an approved subdivision plan for The Woods of Mount Washington, Section 3.

A total of 39 lots would be divided on the 39 acres off Highway 44 East.

*The Eschman Living Trust received a favorable recommendation to rezone 5.5 acres from Agricultural to IL Light Industrial off Old Preston Highway.

Richard Eschman, owner of Piccola Manufacturing, said the property is across the street from his current operation.

The expansion would allow the company to move into new areas of the business.

Currently, the metal welding firm has 50 employees and Eschman said more would be hired with the new facility.

Two buildings are planned for the additional property.

The Shepherdsville City Council will make the final decision.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will be on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. The public is invited. Anyone wishing to speak needs to sign up prior to 7 p.m.