Development stymied by lack of sewer lines

October 28, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Danville's lack of sewerage has stopped development, Gary Chidester, vice chair of Danville Planning and Zoning Commission told Danville City commissioners Monday.

Mayor John Bowling solicited the discussion about the city's future development. He said that if growth and job creation here remained stagnant, then the city would soon face a decision to either cut services or raise taxes.

Bowling wants commissioners to take the lead and decide where Danville should develop. He believes that growth will happen wherever the city extends sewerage.

Commissioner Jamey Gay said that it wasn't the role of commissioners to decide where development should go, but that the comprehensive plan would direct growth.


The plan outlines the city's future zoning; where businesses, homes, offices and farms will be allowed to locate.

Pete Coyle, Danville-Boyle Planning and Zoning Commission chairman, said that the day after Danville is finished with changes to its zoning ordinances, P&Z would start work on a comprehensive plan.

Bowling said he thought that to jump start the debate, the city should look at an extension of sewerage to the south side of town.

A force main, pump station and trunk main to Junction City would cost the city $2.6 million. Bowling said that he wanted the city to consider building the line itself, instead of waiting for federal grant money.

He said he believes that as time goes on the chance that the area will receive grant money dwindles. The county, Junction City and Danville have waited on federal grant money to start the project.

Commissioner Chester Kavanaugh said that extension of sewerage to the south side was not for development, but for health. Gay said that even with sewerage there, development would have to wait on improvements to the U.S. 150 bypass.

Chidester, who has been a P&Z member since February, said that zone changes and development have stopped because of sewerage.

"All we talk about is sewer," he said.

He said that P&Z had to turn down Van Cook's zone change to locate Heritage Hospice on the south side on Oct. 15 because there wasn't adequate sewerage. Cook told P&Z he might have to move to Mercer County, Chidester said.

"There wasn't one of us that wanted to turn him down," Chidester said. "But the big thing is sewer."

Chidester said that as P&Z kept turning down developments, because of sewerage, the community is getting the impression that they are anti-development.

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