County planners vetoed a zone change that would have allowed a 204-acre subdivision across from the Ichthus property in Wilmore.
The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission voted 5-3 Tuesday night to recommend denial of a zone change request for the development, which was submitted by Tugger, LLC, for property located westerly of U.S. 68, opposite the Ichthus fairgrounds.
Engineer John Horne presented the proposal and outlined the highlights of the development plan, explaining that streets were aligned in such a way as to preserve many old trees. Also, he said water will be provided by the Jessamine South Elkhorn Water District. He described the development as upscale, with homes in the $780,000 price range. He emphasized the importance of the revenue that the taxes from the development will bring, which he estimated at $12,177 per lot.
"Wilmore needs that money, what with all of the tax-exempt property they have, with their elementary schools, the college, the veteran's center, and the churches," he said.