While some area counties are still fighting over whether to have planning and zoning, Boyle County is learning from experience, and the county's new zoning ordinance is a product of that experience.
Most importantly, the ordinance introduces more flexibility into the various zoning designations. It allows stay-at-home moms to expand their home businesses and lets valuable property in industrial areas be developed for other purposes.
The ordinance already has been passed by the governing bodies of Junction City, Perryville and Boyle County, and now Danville, which is operating under an ordinance written 16 years ago, is taking a look at it. Since most of the people in Boyle County live in the city limits, what the Danville City Commission does about the ordinance is going to have a big impact.
Danville is holding a public hearing on the ordinance at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. People with comments to make about local planning and zoning matters would be advised to attend the hearing and express their views. The hearing also should provide local residents with an opportunity to learn more about the ordinance and how it might affect their property. The ordinance itself is available for review at the planning and zoning office at City Hall, and maps can be viewed on the Internet at www.bgadd.org/boyleplanning.html.