Residents not pleased with plans for Heritage Hill site

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE — They weren’t pleased with they entered the Bullitt County Fairgrounds to listen about plans from a developer looking to purchase part of the Heritage Hill residential and golf community.

And they weren’t happy with what they heard.

In fact, about half of the crowd of over 100 people walked out in the middle of the meeting Thursday night.

Heritage Hill developers are looking to rezone about 650 acres from R-3 Residential to IL Light Industrial.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the courthouse at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

But prior to that hearing, an informational session was held last week.

Developer Lee Wilburn of Crossdock Development repeated what he discussed in a previous article in The Pioneer News.

He hoped to build a distribution-type warehouse building on 100 acres of the property and Heritage Hill owners Ted Korfhage and Steve Plenge would still operate the 18-hole golf course.

If the golf course failed to financially make it, Wilburn would have the first option on the remaining property.

Wilburn mentioned several restrictions, such as a 200-foot barrier between the residential areas and any light industrial development.

However, residents who live in the community were far from impressed by the presentation.

“Do you want to buy our property?” asked a resident of Partridge Run.

Much of the discussion and concern was not with the warehouse as with the traffic caused on Valley View Road.

Several mentioned the noise and safety dangers caused by large trucks traveling so close to the existing homes.

Others were concerned about the property values dropping if any such development was constructed.

And still others inquired why the developer couldn’t find a way to access the property off Mooney Lane to the west of the property and enter through another access point.

“There’s not any way you can sell this to us,” said Deborah Warren, who lives in nearby Cedar Place.

Wilburn said he wasn’t trying to sell anything.  He was only trying to dispel rumors and tell the public about his plans.

Another resident thought the rezoning issue, which must be decided by the Shepherdsville City Council, was a done deal.

After the owners complained about the warehouses to be built beside them and across the street, he felt it was a done deal and there was no reason to complain.

“It is not a done deal,” said attorney Eric Farris, who is representing the applicants.

Several of the residents were very emotional as they explained that their life’s savings was tied up in their retirement home only to see industrial development invade their residential community.

Morris Proffitt told Wilburn to take his development back to Louisville and he wasn’t interested in any more industrial development in his neighborhood.

Several residents wondered what type of business could go into the light industrial zone.

Farris said a golf course was allowable with a conditional-use permit. Wilburn said if residents wanted to go through the zoning list and exclude things they didn’t want, he would consider it.

Wilburn said he hoped that he would only have to buy 100 acres and the current owners would get the financial resources to get out of trouble and continue to maintain the golf course and see growth in the residential lots of Heritage Hill.

Planned to be a community with 1,200 homes, the economic downturn has contributed to only 50 lots being sold and developed.

Farris said the entire 650 acres had to be rezoned in order to avoid spot zoning on the 100 acres.

The public is invited to attend the March 22 meeting in the fiscal courtroom.