The Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission on Thursday shot down plans for a new subdivision near Game Farm Road, voting to recommend that Fiscal Court deny a zone change request allowing larger-scale development in the area.
The commission voted 6-2 to deny a zone change request from David and Julia Gabbart Morris for 54 acres at 1904 Louisville Road. The Morrises were seeking a zone change from RR-Rural Residential to RB-Single Family Residential "B" density.
Next, the zone change denial will go before Fiscal Court.
A subdivision has been intended for the site, which has been a point of concern for neighbors who live along Game Farm Road. The group opposed any large-scale subdivision in the area, saying it would detract from the Game Farm and the rural atmosphere.
Commissioners C. Michael Davenport and David Vaughn voted in favor of the zone change, citing its proximity to a major roadway - Louisville Road - and other higher-density developments such as Broadview Manor and Hart Mobile Home Park (predating county zoning ordinances which designate the area for rural activities). Davenport said the development would enhance the availability of sewer lines to other subdivisions nearby that currently use septic tanks.
Davenport also noted during the meeting that no one from the Game Farm, a state-run wildlife sanctuary, had opposed the zone change and in fact the Game Farm had offered an easement to extend city sewer lines to the Morris property.
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