Plant 'sitting' in right zone; request pulled

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - With assurances that the proposed use of the property fell into the current zoning classification, a request to change to a heavy industrial use has been withdrawn.

Attorney John Wooldridge confirmed that his client, Salt River Investments Inc., had withdrawn its request to rezone 23.7 acres from IL light industrial to IG heavy industrial in the Cedar Grove Business Park.

The tract would be used for a major Ford Motor Co. supplier and would initially employee around 200 employees.

A major portion of the public hearing before the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission dealt with whether the plan to assembly seats for Ford could actually fit into the current zoning classification.

Instead of taking a chance of not getting needed approvals on the fast-track 140,000 square foot facility, the applicant decided to move forward. The commission unanimously recommended approval for the rezoning.

“I have received assurances that there should be any problems in the current zoning,” said Wooldridge, just before the Shepherdsville City Council was to have a special meeting to consider the change.

With the meeting cancelled and the request withdrawn, Wooldridge said Magna Seating Co. is moving quickly toward getting construction started on the facility.

Production is set to begin next September.

The applicants were not eager to rezone the tract as that could open up the doors for other heavy industrial requests for the business park.

Resident David Strange was also not against the rezoning but feared what that could do to future requests.

By virtue of the withdrawal, all property in the business park is light industrial.

Bob Fouts, director of the county’s Economic Development Authority, said he is pleased that the work is continuing.

He felt the argument to keep the property light industrial was a valid one.