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Planners approve bid for cellular tower in Cedar Grove area

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 CEDAR GROVE - A new cellular tower could be built in a portion of Bullitt County that has been suffering from poor service.

With AT&T Mobility officials proving its case, the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission gave its approval to erect a cellular tower off Cedar Grove Road.

Attorney Tom Brightenstein, who represented the applicant, said that the mono-pole tower would help serve areas such along Cedar Grove Road from Shepherdsville to Mount Washington and south to the Nelson County line, including the Bernheim area.

The tower will be 195 feet tall, which is shorter than the 250-foot allowed. No lighting will be required on the proposed structure.

Calling it a “significant service gap,” Brightensteinsaid that this area of Bullitt County is woefully underserved.

The tower will be fenced and the 100-foot-by-100-foot area would have a wooden privacy fence surrounded by 31 white pine trees.

Despite assurances that  the tower would not interfere with the surrounding area, several residents were not in favor of the new tower.

Paul Sloane said he is an AT&T customer and has perfect service.

His new home, built last year, is next to the proposed tower.

He said he would not have built his new home there if he knew what was being planned.

“Basically, it’s in my back yard,” said Sloane. After moving to the country, he said, “now they’re bringing the city back at me.”

Another resident said 500 feet away is not far enough.

He added  his service with Verizon was very good.

Steve Carr said he looked at all available areas, including on top of one of the taller buildings in the Cedar Grove industrial parks, but none would be suitable.

The commission unanimously approved the application with the stipulation that the fence was installed, as well as the 31 white pine trees at least six-feet in height.

In other business:

*A subdivision plan for Brooks Crossing was allowed to remain on the table.

The plan cannot go forward until the developers receive approval from the state Department of Transportation to add a third lane along East Blue Lick Road from the John Harper Highway to Centre Boulevard. The apartment complex, which has received its zoning approval, would enter the development across from the McDonald’s.

Without adding the lane of highway, the zoning would be mute.

*Daniel Miller received a favorable recommendation to rezone six acres from Agricultural to R-4 Residential.

The property on Horsefly Hollow Road would be used to have a home constructed.

Miller agreed to allow no trailers or mobile homes to be placed on the property.

Bullitt Fiscal Court makes the final decision.

*William M. Bratcher received a favorable recommendation to rezone 10 acres  from Conservation to R-1 Residential on Proctor Lane.

Attorney John Wooldridge said his client had no plans to develop the property.

He might sell a one-acre tract that has a home on it currently.

Neighbor Roger Baker was concerned that more homes might be built.

Wooldridge agreed that no more than one more home could be built on the property.

The commission gave a favorable recommendation. Bullitt Fiscal Court will make the final decision.

*Kimberly Kearney received a favorable recommendation to rezone 1.3 acres  from Agricultural to R-1 Residential.

Part of a 65-acre tract, Wooldridge said his client planned to build a home for her son. No other development was planned.

The commission gave a favorable recommendation. Bullitt Fiscal Court will have the final say.

Board of Adjustment

*The Bullitt County Board of Adjustment gave approval for a conditional-use permit.

Alysha Jones applied for a permit to allow for the operation of a child care center on Brooks Way.

The maximum number of children would be 90.Drop off and pickup of the students would be in front of the business.

*Sharon Clark was given a conditional-use permit for the creation of a family cemetery.

Her son is ill and hopes to be buried on the family farm.

Wooldridge said his client would install a four-foot vinyl fence and the maximum size would be 32 feet by 40 feet.

*Gospel of the Kingdom was granted three variances.

Attorney Eric Farris said a manufactured home would be installed on a tract and would be used by the caretaker of the 260-acre facility  off Mount Elmira Road.

REZONING DISPUTE

 The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commmission has no dog in a fight that was first considered in the 1970s.

The commission received a letter from the city of Shepherdsville but attorney Tammy Baker said there is no reason to make any response.

A question arose recently when a developer sought a building permit to construct up to 20 apartment units on a tract located off High School  Drive.

When the matter went to the city, there was some question on whether it was rezoned.

As the question arose and as dozens of upset residents were in the crowd, it was determined that there was no documentation that the council followed all the steps in 1977 to rezone the property.

Planning administrator Daryl Lee said the city couldn’t verify the zoning. Officials then told the developer that he would have to complete the rezoning process from the beginning.

Baker said city attorney Joe Wantland’s letter just asked for a copy of the file, which has been done.

She said the city is responsible for keeping its own zoning maps.

Planning commissioner Russell Price said that the city of Shepherdsville presented a letter stating that the property was rezoned.

The tract, located between the Bullitt Masonic Lodge and a number of patio homes was part of a much larger farm, which was rezoned in 1977.

Baker said there was nothing more the planning commission could do in the situation.