Variances OK'd for growth in industrial parks

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SHEPHERDSVILLE -- As walls are going up on several light industrial properties, the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment recently dealt with a couple of variance requests.
Variances were sought for a pair of light industrial properties -- one built and the other under construction.
Amazon sought one variance to reduce the size of parking spaces and another to increase the number of spaces.
Keith Holtz of QK4 said the existing building on Cedar Grove Road next to the Zappos.com/Amazon facility was built in 2007.
At the time, a variance was approved to reduce the parking spots to 212. Since that request, much of the building has been vacant.
But Amazon has signed a lease for two-thirds of the facility.
With that done, the need has arisen to have 815 parking spots, which is still less than the 3,120 required due to the size of the facility.
The board unanimously approved both variance requests.
Across the street in the Cedar Grove Business Park, three variances were sought for a new building near Best Buy's distribution center.
Attorney Ray Bannon said Salt River Investment was building a facility that could be used as a cheerleading/recreational business.
The parking spaces were reduced in size and in number.
The board approved both variances.
There was also a variance required to increase the size of the entrance from 24 feet to 120 feet. Bannon said the trucks would enter off Orion Drive and the larger entrance would make it much easier.
This request was also approved.
In other business:
*Light House Baptist Church, located on Becnel Lane off Preston Highway near Ruhl Acres, received a pair of variances.
Attorney John Wooldridge said one variance was needed to allow for a new structure to be added to the existing building.
Due to the purchase of property for the Highway 61 extension project, Wooldridge said the variance was needed.
The new structure will house the fellowship hall.
A side setback variance was also approved.
*A variance was also granted to Janet Thomson to allow for a carport to be installed.
*Kart Kountry was granted a variance to have a larger sign installed on the building on Joe B. Hall Avenue in Shepherdsville.
The lighted sign will have no flashing bulbs and it will be attached to the pavilion.
The new sign will be 322 square foot in size.
The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend.