Rezoning at Armstrong Lane gets favorable nod

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Controversial rezoning request next to Bardstown Junction Baptist Church is on the agenda for Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at courthouse annex

By Thomas Barr

  MOUNT WASHINGTON - A property at the corner of a revamped intersection on Highway 44 East has gotten closer to rezoning.

BJ Hall Revocable Trust received a favorable recommendation to rezone 16 acres from R-1 Residential to B-2 Central Business.

The proposal was tabled from the November meeting after members of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission were concerned about securing land for future road expansion.

In December, attorney Sharon Satterly said her client would not be willing to dedicate 10 feet of property along Highway 44 East to the state for future expansion.

The property is located at the intersection of Fisher Lane and Highway 44 across from Armstrong Lane. A temporary stoplight has been installed and the entire intersection is being reworked.

John Addington, a land planner, said requiring a 50-foot setback off Fisher Lane would leave some of the property unable to be built upon. A 50-foot building setback off Highway 44 would not be a problem.

A concern over visual lines of sight if something was built up to the property line, which is allowed in B-2 zoning, would not be possible, according to Addington.

He added, no buildings had been planned on the property at this stage.

Commissioner Raymon Cope was worried about all the other property owners along Highway 44 who were requested to give an easement to the state. 

Lori Puchino, who adjoins the property to the north, was concerned about the number of vacant properties already and whether there was a need for more commercial development.

Also, she was worried about the traffic situation, which is already bad and has been made worse with the temporary light.

Cope said that more traffic and more businesses would probably give the residents a better chance at road improvements.

“I don’t understand why it has to be in my back yard,” said Puchino. “There’s plenty of commercial property that out there.”

Architect Phil Bills said the plan is to have four lanes at the intersection and the major improvements would assist the situation. Fisher Lane would be relocated in the plans.

Bills didn’t anticipate any construction until the intersection improvements are done.

The commission voted 7-2 to send a favorable recommendation to the Mount Washington City Council. The motion did have a condition that a 50-foot building setback be put into place along Highway 44 and the new Fisher Lane, as well as a 25-foot building setback on the rest of the property.

The Mount Washington City Council will consider the rezoning at its Jan. 9 meeting at 6:30 p.m.

In other zoning matters:

*JBJ Associates received a favorable recommendation to rezone 2.3 acres from Agricultural to IG Light Industrial.

Attorney Mark Edison said the tract of property was located next to the old stockyards property. Currently, it is being used for auto sales and service and Agricultural was not suitable.

He said the current usage would not change.

The commission unanimously agreed to send Shepherdsville a favorable recommendation.

*A concern was addressed over a rezoning which occurred in 2009 off Highway 245.

A resident voiced his concern over the conditions at property rezoned for Leonard Mattingly.

According to the agreement, there was to be a visual barrier around the property to block the view by neighbors.

Planning attorney Tammy Baker said there was no height requirement in the agreement but it must block the view.

Enforcement officer David Conn has visited the property and talked with the owner.

According to the neighbor, fencing was not completed and some of trees planted to provide the barrier have died.

Commissioner Larry Watkins said he remembered a lot of people against the rezoning and apparently the property owner hasn’t done what he promised.

The commission asked that Baker write a letter to Mattingly outlining the concerns.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend.