MOUNT WASHINGTON — It’s taking more time than expected to get the rezoning of a land parcel approved so a local auto care center can move into town.
Ken Towery of Ken Towery’s Autocare Supercenter intends to be a part of the booming growth taking place along Bardstown Road in Mount Washington and wants to locate his business on Oakbrooke Court. But his goal of having construction finished by November has been threatened.
Current property owner KAPPA 3-Hwy. 31-E, LLC began pursuing a rezoning request for the involved property in April but has yet to receive proper approval from the city because of misprints in the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission’s documents, minutes and a public notice.
Towery is represented by attorney Eric Farris. Farris said KAPPA-3 applied for the rezoning of lot three of Oakbrooke East section one — a 1.4 acre parcel — from B-2 Central Business to B-1 Highway Business. But when the request was written and presented to the planning commission, it was incorrectly stated and published that KAPPA-3 requested to rezone lots one and two of Oakbrooke East section one.
Farris said KAPPA-3 is requesting the B-1 zone so Towery can have proper equipment to provide light automotive care, including tire replacement.
The mistake was addressed at Mount Washington City Council’s June 8 meeting during the request’s first reading.
City Attorney Norman Lemme noted the discrepancy and said that legally the city could not have a valid first reading until the planning commission corrected the information.
Although the minutes of the planning commission were corrected and approved, Lemme said at the council’s July 13 meeting the planning commission would need to have another first reading. Lemme said starting over was necessary because the request’s public notice was originally published with incorrect information, causing interested parties to be improperly informed.
Farris and his client are now hoping for approval at the planning commission’s July 23 meeting. The commission only needs one meeting to approve the request, and then it is sent on to the city for a first reading, second reading and approval — a process that would normally take at least two weeks.
Farris said he and his client didn’t necessarily agree that the process needed to be done over, but were willing to cooperate to ensure that the proper channels were used.
“Everyone at the Bullitt County Planning Commission and city of Mount Washington has been very kind and accommodating throughout this process and Mr. Towery has not at all considered locating this new store at a different site,” Farris said in an e-mail.
He continued to say that he thought approval would be received by the end of the month.
Mayor Joetta Calhoun said once the corrected request reaches the city, she would be willing to call special meetings to expedite the process. Towery said he wanted to begin construction as soon as possible, to beat bad weather in the late fall and winter.
Councilman Barry Armstrong expressed some interest in what Towery planned to do with the remaining property, estimated to be .4 of an acre. Armstrong said he is not against the autocare center, but wants to ensure that future commercial businesses in that area are appropriate for their surroundings. There are currently no plans for the remainder of the lot.
If the new request is approved at the planning commission’s July 23 meeting, the city council could hold a first reading at its next meeting on July 27 at 6:30 p.m.