Plan coming together: Final piece of land-use discussion set for Thursday

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The portion of the comprehensive land-use plan that most people are interested in is coming to a close.

Kriss Lowry, a consultant retained to rewrite the plan for Bullitt Fiscal Court and the planning commission will unveil the plan for the two largest areas - Shepherdsville and Mount Washington.

The rescheduled meeting is now set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the fiscal courtroom.

The public is encouraged to attend.

At the past public meeting, the plan’s proposed land uses was revealed for the rest of the county.

While not binding, the color-coded maps are to provide planning commission members, as well as elected officials on legislative bodies, some guidance on how property should develop in the future.

It is also a key portion of justifications for future rezoning  requests.

A crowd of about 50 individuals from throughout the community had several questions dealing with the first portion of the land-use plan.

For the most part, it was offering advice or knowledge on how existing land uses might differ from the actual use of the current property.

In preparing the maps, Lowry said one of the more difficult issues was how to determine the actual city boundaries, especially in Hillview.

And some of the city zoning maps did not show all the changes which have occurred, especially if they were in annexed areas.

She cautioned individuals looking at the maps that they are not specific to each tract. Instead, it is a general area.

Lowry also said that several things did come out of the study.

First, she felt that more commercial development was needed in some areas. this would help support the residential growth which has occurred.

Second, there is a need to a modern waste water facility, especially in the north end. Without some facilities, it is difficult to get some commercial development, like restaurants, to come to the community.

While the planners don’t control the development of infrastructure, Lowry said that it was an important part of their decision making.

Third, she felt in the northern end of the county, more park space is needed.

With the heavy concentration of residential development, Lowry said green space with recreational facilities is very important.

While communities such as Fox Chase, Hunters Hollow and Hebron Estates are landlocked and remain residential in the plans, she said Lebanon Junction has several issues to deal with in terms of future growth.

With a majority of the community in the flood plain, Lowry said that is a major concern.

Noise from Fort Knox and the railroad is another issue planners must consider.

Another issue is that many of the existing homes in Lebanon Junction are older and many are rentals. This could be a prime area where a Community Development Block Grant might be sought in the future for a housing rehabilitation project.

Resident James Stansbury was concerned that the language of the plan didn’t offer much protection for existing residents for the encroachment of industry.

He said a lot of existing neighborhoods have been and could be in the future affected by the development of commercial or industrial entities. He felt that those neighborhoods abutting proposals for non-residential uses should be protected.

In his particular situation, he said the map showed rezoning of earth products property that is still in the court system.

Lowry said the property is currently zoned for earth products until the court system decides otherwise.

For the major areas of Mount Washington and Shepherdsville, the land-use maps will be discussed on Thursday, Nov. 7. This meeting has been rescheduled to avoid meeting conflicts.

The meeting will be held at the Bullitt County Courthouse from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.