Permit costs put greenhouse on the move

April 01, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

HARRODSBURG - For more than a decade Pat Peavler peddled her flowers and vegetable plants in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, but a difference of 100 feet caused her such a headache that she decided to move across town.

The second weekend in April, weather permitting, she will be at the Boyle County Fairgrounds selling marigolds, begonias, periwinkles, ferns and other plants fresh from her nursery.

When Save-A-Lot bought the Piggly Wiggly building on East Lexington Avenue last fall, the owners said that they would be glad to have Peavler stay. However, in February, they asked if she would move 100 feet away from the front of the building.

No problem, or so Peavler thought.

Peavler has had a conditional use permit for a temporary business, from April to May. When the business moves, even 100 feet, she must be approved for another permit, according to Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning.


The application fee is $277, $100 for the hearing to be transcribed, a filing fee and money to reimburse the board of adjustment members to attend the meeting. Add that to Peavler's other costs, getting a survey and a new plat drawn, and the total, Peavler said, is close to $1,000.

There was an issue with an easement involving neighboring apartment complexes, and it seemed to Peavler and her husband, Brooks, that it was just too much trouble. They started to look for other spots, but no matter where they went, the seasonal business would have required another permit. If approved, the permit stays with the property and not the owner, so if she decided to move in the future it would mean going back to P&Z.

One morning Peavler said she woke up and thought, why not the fairgrounds. The U.S. 127 yard sale, flea markets and other special events set up booths to sell things there. The fair board agreed.

She isn't sure how business will be in the new spot, but is optimistic. Regulars have called or stopped by to ask where she'll be this year. All of her greenhouses are full of tiny plants ready to be planted in gardens and flower beds.

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