Hillview hears complaints on apartment zoning

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Vote set for Dec. 17

By Thomas Barr

 HILLVIEW - A company looking to build nearly 200 apartment units once again met with opposition.

Brooks Crossing LLC is seeking to rezone 8.5 acres from B-1 Highway Business to R-3 Residential across from the McDonald’s on East Blue Lick Road in Hillview.

The request received a favorable recommendation from the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission. But the recommendation came with a long list of restrictions agreed upon by the applicants.

According to attorney Eric Farris, the plan is to build 192 units with an even split between one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

The biggest concern during the planning commission’s public hearing was the existing traffic congestion around the John Harper Highway/East Blue Lick Road intersection.

As part of the restrictions, Farris said the applicant would be responsible for building an additional lane from the intersection to Center Drive, which is where McDonald’s is located. The main entrance of the residential community would be at this spot.

Farris said without the state approval to add the additional lane, the project would not be feasible.

A second entrance, which would also be used during construction, would be off the John Harper Highway east of the intersection.

Changes in the area justify the rezoning as jobs have been added in the Brooks Road interchange and those people need a place to live.

However, everyone didn’t share those same sentiments.

Sarah Smith, who lives on Oxford Lane, will be sitting next door to several of the apartment buildings. 

“I’m not happy with it,” said Smith.

Her biggest concern was a loss of privacy. There is currently a vacant field on the property and some of the existing trees on the boundary line need to be replaced.

Terry Bohannon, who lives on Blossom Road, next to the property, said she was also concerned with seeing the apartments from her home. She said more than the existing trees are needed.

Jim Bohannon said he was concerned about the privacy and the use of Blossom Road as an access point.

John Rhoades, another Blossom Road resident, said he didn’t want to look at two large apartment buildings. He said apartment units are already located in the city and he wondered if all were completely rented.

He feared more crime would be brought into the city. The crime, as well as usage of Blossom Road, was his biggest concern.

David McMullan, who lives on East Blue Lick Road next to a dangerous curve, said he was concerned that development and any changes to the stream will cause flooding to his property.

Farris said that Blossom Road would not be an access point to the development. He added that the property owner could not increase the flow of water onto another landowner.

Project engineer John Miller said there would be no problem putting a privacy fence and trees along the residential side of the property.

He would like the existing trees to remain with additional trees to be planted. There is also the possibility of a four-foot berm with trees planted on top.

Marty Carney, owner of the proposed development, said the company has owned and operated many apartment complexes in the region over the years. He said they are well maintained and will not cater to government-subsidized units.

He said the month rental would range from $650-$800 a month, depending upon the size of the units.

The Hillview City Council will vote on the rezoning at its Monday, Dec. 17, meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. At that time, the council could place restrictions on the property, if it decides to approve the request. The public is invited to attend.