Mercer commission hears two requests for zone changes

January 06, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Owners of 12 acres at the intersection of the Harrodsburg bypass and Industry Road want it zoned for industrial use.

Curtis and Lesa Willmott requested the zone change at Monday night's meeting of the Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission so the land on the northwest corner of the intersection can be sold and developed as an industrial site. It currently is zoned residential.

In a public hearing, Curtis Willmott explained that the property is adjacent to two residential lots in Shannon Oaks subdivision and another lot that is zoned industrial. It is adjacent to property owned by Harrodsburg United Methodist Church.

Questioned about the possible use for the property, Willmott said he had not spoken to anyone concerning the sale and development of the land. He said he had had one inquiry from a person interested in putting a lumber yard there, but that person wanted only seven acres.


Willmott said he liked the idea of a lumber yard on the land. "I'm not interested in some 24-hour operation," he said. The entrance to the property is on Industry Road, a continuation of the Harrodsburg bypass.

As is the commission's practice, no vote was taken on the Willmotts' zone-change request, nor was one taken on a second zone change request submitted by Tamria and Rick D. Bartley Jr. and Ruby Bartley for property at Pandora Marina on Herrington Lake.

Even so, it seemed the commission is apt to grant the Bartleys' request to change the zoning to a business classification. "It should have been rezoned when planning and zoning went into effect," Commissioner Robbie Adkinson said. Mercer County planning and zoning was established in the late 1970s.

The marina was started in 1952, and its use and zoning were grandfathered in. Everett Gifford, who lives in the area, said he attended Monday's hearing because, "I didn't know what was going to happen."

Bartley replied, "Nothing's going to change."

Commissioners will decide the zone-change requests Feb. 12.

The commissioners also told Kevin Machal he probably could build a retail furniture store on Hudson Lane in the McAfee community and approved the site plan for that business. Commissioners pointed out that there are other businesses along U.S. 127 North in both McAfee and Salvisa. Machal said it would be a 7,200 square foot building with 5,000 square feet for a showroom and the rest for furniture storage.

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