I-64 retail plan is rejected

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Another eastern Franklin County property owner has lost out in the state Court of Appeals, halting what was to be large-scale development in the area.

A zone change granted for property owned by John W. Hay has been overturned by the appellate court. In an opinion issued today, the court reversed a decision by Franklin Fiscal Court to grant commercial zoning at the site.

The property, which is located at the southeast quadrant of interstate 64 and Versailles Road, reportedly had been intended as an upscale commercial development comparable to Lexington's Griffin Gate. But the proposal has failed to get off the ground, stalled by a legal battle which dates back to 2001 when Hay initially sought a zone change for the property.

Members of the Bluegrass Scenic Corridor, an environmental group which aims to protect the rural undeveloped land of Central Kentucky's Bluegrass region, and local property owners Alice South Hume and Pin Oak Stud farm sued. The zone change was upheld in Franklin Circuit Court, but the Court of Appeals found grounds to overturn the decision based on Fiscal Court's interpretation of the Frankfort/Franklin County Planning Commission's findings.

Hay asked the planning commission and later Fiscal Court rezone his property "Regional Retail." The planning commission denied the zone change, finding that the county's land use plan recommended the property a mixed-use commerce and agricultural site.

Fiscal Court ignored the planning commission's recommendation, granting the zone change as Hay had requested.

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