Rezoning gets approving nod at busy north intersection

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 PIONEER VILLAGE – Property around a busy intersection – which will likely become busier in the years ahead – could all become commercial real estate.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission sent a favorable recommendation to the Pioneer Village City Council.

The applicant, Brookland Realty Co., is seeking to rezone 29 acres from R-1 Residential to B-1 Highway Business.

Attorney Eric Farris said the property is surrounding Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home at the corner of John Harper Highway and Highway 61.

The rezoning will not include the funeral home and Brookland Cemetery, both of which already operate under a conditional-use permit.

Farris said the current zoning is not appropriate for the property.

The state has already purchased a seven-acre tract which divides the property into two. The new extension of Preston Highway could be started this summer.

The rezoned territory includes the old family home, which will remain on the property.

There was no opposition.

The unanimous decision goes to the city council for its final approval.

In other zoning cases:

*Theodore and Carlene Vowels received approval for two zoning cases involving property at their Country Corner Greenhouse on Highway 44 East.

Attorney Joseph Wantland said his client only wanted to bring his property into compliance. He didn’t know of any future plans to expand the 5-acre tract.

The home in the back of the property would be rezoned R-1. The remaining four acres would be B-1.

Wantland said the agricultural zoning is not appropriate with the area. Plus, he said his client had built a landmark business over the past 25 years.

Tracy Holt, a resident of Meadowlark Lane, said his concern wasn’t with the rezoning or the business. Instead, it is the road condition of the private street.

Holt said that 4-5 residents take care of the entire road but the major damage is done at the very front entrance, where the garden traffic is the heaviest.

He felt the county should assist in the maintenance of the road. To blacktop it and get it into county specifications might be difficult to reach.

Ted Vowels said he would work with the residents in their pursuit of getting into the county maintenance program.

Commissioner Raymon Cope strongly recommended Holt and his neighbors to approach fiscal court on the request.

The residential rezoning got a unanimous favorable recommendation for a change of classification by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

In the commercial request, commissioner Paul Kulmer voted against the request since there was no other commercial zoning touching the property. He felt the spot zoning was wrong.

The final vote as 8-1 in favor.  Bullitt Fiscal Court makes the final decision.

*The first meeting to discuss the comprehensive land-use planning group will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the courthouse annex building.

The next regular meeting of the planning commission will be on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the courthouse annex. 

The public is invited to attend.