Game Farm subdivision rejected

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The request for a zone change to allow a large subdivision next to the Game Farm was denied Friday. Franklin Fiscal Court voted 4-3 to uphold the Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission's recommendation to deny the rezoning.

Judge-Executive Teresa Barton, who cast the final vote to break the 3-3 tie, said she wanted "desperately to vote for this," and hopes that could soon happen. She said the development could "increase our tax base tremendously. But the transcript (of the planning commission's public hearing on the rezoning request) does not contain the finding of fact that will allow me to overturn the planning commission."

The planning commission voted 6-2 in March to deny the zone change request from David and Julia Gabbart Morris for 54.3 acres at 1904 Louisville Road. The Morrises were seeking a zone change from RR-Rural Residential to RB-Single Family Residential "B" density.

Under the RR zone, one home per 1.5 acres is allowed with public sewers in place. The zone change would allow four homes per acre. But state Sen. Dan Mongiardo from Hazard and Jerry Lunsford, partners in Frankfort's 21st Century Development who have a purchase option on the Morris property, said Wednesday their plans call for about 118 lots in the subdivision, or about 2.5 homes per acre.

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