P&Z ready to wrap up comprehensive land-use plan

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By Thomas Barr

      SHEPHERDSVILLE - After years of talk, work, more talk and more work, the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission is ready to finish the update of the comprehensive land-use plan.

     But it will utilize the expertise of an engineering firm to complete the work in 2013.

     The planning commission unanimously recommended a proposal from Chris Lowery and Associates to complete the project.

     Planners will now take that recommendation to Bullitt Fiscal Court on Tuesday for funding.

     While not the low bid, planners said they were very impressed by the presentation. In fact, commissioners said they were pleased with all three of the finalists.

     The bid of $37,375 will be presented to court members.

     Commissioner Thomas Givhan said he called several counties where Lowery's firm had worked. All gave good marks and said they would hire the firm again if the need arose.

     Board member John Miller said that Lowery gave the best presentation and he was pleased with Givhan's results off his research.

     The next step will come Tuesday where planners will attend. They hope to be joined by agencies such as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and the homebuilders association, as well as other elected officials.

     The current comprehensive plan has not been redone since 1997. Under the requirements of the law, the document must be reviewed every five years. It can be revised or affirmed in its present form.

     The plan, which is a key component in any rezoning decision, has become a point of criticism over the years due to its age without revisions. A part of the plan is a map which generally shows zoning classification and how land should be used.

     The commission has worked for over a decade to get the comprehensive plan and its regulations updated. It has worked with an engineering firm and then tried to accomplishment the revisions in-house. The commission has gotten all but one chapter completed.     

     The winning bidder would be responsible for finishing the project.