Zoning suit by church dismissed

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - To the agreement of everyone in the courtroom, a lawsuit filed against the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission and Bullitt Fiscal Court has been dismissed.

Bardstown Junction Baptist Church filed suit against the parties one day after a rezoning request for 165 acres was pulled from the fiscal court docket.

On Sept. 6, the property owners requested Bullitt Fiscal Court not vote on the second and final reading for land that could become industrial in use.

While fiscal court agreed to withdraw the rezoning decision, a lawsuit was filed on Sept. 7.

Attorneys for each of the parties appeared recently in Bullitt Circuit Court on a summary judgment motion from the defendants.

The church’s attorney agreed that the filing might have been in anticipation of a fiscal court passage on the request.

Circuit Judge Rodney Burress agreed to dismiss the case since there was no rezoning which occurred.

Since the fiscal court withdrawal, the property at the corner of Highway 245 and Highway 61 has been annexed into the city limits of Shepherdsville.

In January, it is anticipated that the property would again go to the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission for its recommendation. The case would then go to the Shepherdsville City Council for a final decision.

The church argued that rezoning the property to light industrial would cause noise, traffic and flooding problems.

The property owners had a proposed tenant for the property in August. However, no such tenant has been announced for location on the property, according to information provided at the annexation hearing.