BGADD planner explains zoning in Hustonville

March 24, 2004|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - City council members have a few more answers today about planning and zoning, but the larger question has yet to be resolved. Should Hustonville adopt the county's zoning ordinance, or leave property regulations as they stand?

Council members met with Bluegrass Area Development District regional Planner John Allread Tuesday night to discuss steps of adopting some form of planning and zoning, as well as possible ramifications. The city had the option of joining in the current county ordinance as it was passed earlier this year, but chose to research their options and community opinion before acting.

Allread recommended the city accept county zoning laws and then "make changes that are acceptable" to better serve the city.

If Hustonville joined the county's planning and zoning, they would not loose their voice in the process. The city would have at least one representative sitting on the county's planning commission, said Allread.


The mayor would appoint one to three people to serve, he explained, but they would not replace the voice of city council.

"Any decision the commission makes would have to come back to city council for approval," he said.

"Any zone change that came before the planning commission, they have to have a hearing. The argument is presented in favor or against the zone change... and the planning commission will vote yea or nay. And then they'll forward that opinion to this council.

"Ultimately, all decisions on zoning fall back to this body, because it's an ordinance," said Allread.

Some council members worried that the current lots inside the city limits would not meet the new standards, and wondered how noncompliance would be affected by new county laws.

"The planning commission can't keep people from using their land. They can't be denied use," Allread answered. All lots in the city would be grandfathered in, as they were in the county. If the current owner sells the land after ordinance adoption, that property does not loose its immunity, Allread answered.

"All lots of record can be used, basically," he said. The planning commission would not be able to deny anyone use of their land, as they see fit. If someone wished to alter the function of their property, such as starting a business, a board of adjustment would have to approve the change of conditional use. The board would be based in Hustonville and serve the city specifically.

"Lets say you have a farm, and you want to put in a used machinery lot. That's an allowable use, but it has to be brought before the board of adjustment, and the purpose of that is just to say, OK, you're not going to put up any sign that obstructs traffic," said Allread.

Council member Hank Smith said the meeting was helpful, but now the council must make tough decisions. He plans on making a motion to bring the matter to vote at April's regular council meeting.

"This will help planned growth, and help keep our community clean," said Smith.

"There are a few things I need to check into yet," said Mayor Larry "Pup" Doss on the council's question and answer session, "but in general it helped some of them."

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