In late June, the Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission voted 6-2 against recommending expansion of the Browning-Ferris Industries landfill. BFI appealed to Franklin Fiscal Court and Thursday Fiscal Court, by a 4-3 vote, overruled the planning commission and approved the zone change to allow the expansion.
The waste company applied for the zone change for property north of the county's existing landfill and closer to the Huntington Woods neighborhood.
Fiscal Court approved rezoning 211.25 acres from "RR" (Rural Residential) and "CH" (Highway Commercial) to "EZ-L" (exclusive use zone for landfills). The expanded landfill will border Interstate 64 to the north, and Ky. 151 and Benson Creek to the east.
Magistrates Huston Wells, Ira Fannin and Jill Robinson voted to uphold the planning commission's recommendation to deny rezoning.
"I hope we realize what we're doing," Wells said as he voted against the expansion. "We're approving that landfill right off of I-64. As people come into the capital, they're going to see, excuse me BFI, a garbage dump. People can smell a garbage dump coming in. We are the capital city. I don't think this community realizes what we're getting ourselves into here.
"I hope, quite honestly, I'm wrong. I hope if you can make a landfill aesthetically pleasing, that turns out to be the case. I don't see that being the case, and I think over time, the community is going to look at this and say, 'When did this happen? Why did this happen?' I'm really concerned this is going to be a nightmare for this community."