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Salt River tract gets nod to rezone to commercial

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE — Property used for over 50 years as some type of business may finally receive its proper zoning classification.

A tract purchased by Dwight Humphrey on Old Preston Highway in Salt River is being considered for rezoning from Agricultural to B-1 Central Business.

According to attorney John Wooldridge, the rezoning request would be to bring the property into compliance.

For years, he said the property known as the Ice warehouse has been used for various businesses.

With the exception of continuing a clean up of the property, Wooldridge said there is no other plans to change the building, which is located on four lots.

Along Old Preston Highway, Wooldridge pointed to several other businesses as justification that the original zoning was not correct.

When the planning and zoning agency was born in 1968, the property was not located in the city of Shepherdsville. Since then, the Salt River community was annexed.

Mark Brown, who lives on Harley Drive and adjoins the property, was concerned about added water runoff onto his property.

Another property which is not part of the rezoning has been filled several feet, according to Brown.

He said he wasn’t against anything if it didn’t affect his property.

Wooldridge said there would be no affect on the water runoff by Humphrey.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning based on the fact that the original zoning classification was in error and that there had been changes in the area.

The Shepherdsville City Council will make the final decision.

In another Shepherdsville rezoning request, George Blevins is seeking to turn a lot on Hester Street from B-2 Central Business to R-4 Residential.

Blevins said his plan is to remove an existing single-wide mobile home and replace it with a modular home.

He said the existing structure has been there over 40 years and is in bad shape.

The original trailer will be removed. Water and sewer is available to the property.

The commission recommended that the Shepherdsville City Council rezone the property on the basis that the original zoning was inappropriate and that the request would meet the comprehensive plan.

In other business:

*The commission narrowed its field of six consultants in half. The six bids were cut to three companies who have soliticited proposals to re-write the comprehensivel land-use plan.

The plan, which has not been totally revised since 1997, has been in the revision stage for years.

The commission will talk with each of the three companies individually at a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.The three bids ranged from $37,240 to $68,800.69.

The plan is to then select a proposal in December to take to Bullitt Fiscal Court for funding support.

The age of the existing land-use plan has come into question in several zoning cases over the years. The commission is required to either change or re-adopt the plan every five years. Since the 1997 revision, the commission has simply re-adopted that plan.

In zoning cases, one of the factors to change a classification revolves around the land-use plan.

The hope is to have the actual work done within 6-8 months of awarding the contract.

Commissioner Raymon Cope said the agency members need to be united when the proposal is taken to fiscal court.

The next regular meeting of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will be on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the courthouse annex. The public is invited.