New zoning ordinance will offer changes in designations

June 20, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

When Amy Matthews decorates cakes in her basement kitchen the reasons are clear why she wants to work at home.

They are John, 4, and Jesse, 2.

When Amy Matthews and her husband, Jamie, adopted the two boys, she decided to move her catering company, Kentucky Seasons, to her house in Boyle County. After two years, both the boys and the business are growing. When they go to school she said she might want an employee to help her with large orders.

Under the old planning and zoning ordinance she wouldn't have been given the option to hire anyone. Now, she can.

The county, Perryville and Junction City passed the ordinance. Danville is still using the old ordinance, written in 1988.

Authors of the ordinance say it is more flexible.

President of the Industrial Foundation Joe Gibson said that the ordinance's change from industrial zone to an industrial business development zone could mean more jobs here.


The change would allow offices, hotels and even homes to be built in industrial areas. Gibson said the foundation has already been working with such clients, who want to locate in the Enterprise Center on Lebanon Road. Currently, only heavy industry can locate on the 30-acre site.

Commercial zoning has changed, too. What used to be Commercial-1 is now either Highway Commercial, for businesses with high-traffic; Downtown, for pedestrian-oriented businesses; or Rural Commercial, for agriculture-related businesses.

P&Z official Paula Bary said that businesses and property owners should check the map to make sure that the zone fits with their future plans.

A developer with plans for a car wash in downtown Perryville, across from the Shell Station, found out that he couldn't build it without a zone change. Car washes and drive-thrus are not allowed in downtown zones.

Existing uses would be grandfathered.

The new ordinance would have saved Kevin Kruer a lot of headaches and $2,400.

When he started to build a house on High Street he set the foundation footers 36 inches back from the other houses on the street, but it was still shy of the minimum setback. The new ordinance will allow residents to line up their setbacks with other houses on the street.

"I think it's a good thing," Kruer said of the change.

He had to tear out the front and back wall of the foundation, work that set him back six weeks.

Bary said that the ordinance is not perfect, but it has come a long way from the 1988 version.

During and after the hearing, P&Z Commission will accept comments from the public. After it is revised it will be sent back to City Commission.

After commissioners have passed an ordinance, work will begin on the county's comprehensive plan, a document that outlines how the county wants to develop in the future.

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