Zone change sought again near Game Farm

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

About seven months after Franklin County Fiscal Court denied a zone change request to allow a new subdivision near Game Farm Road, a new rezoning request has been made by the same property owners.

Charles David and Julia Gabbart Morris are requesting that 20 acres at 1904 Louisville Road be rezoned from Rural Residential (RR) to Rural Residential "B" Density (RB); and 10 acres be rezoned from RR to Highway Commercial (CH). The entire tract at 1904 Louisville Road is 54.3 acres.

The Frankfort/Franklin County Planning Commission will have a public hearing regarding the rezoning request Thursday during a special meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber.

The property is adjacent to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Game Farm, and is across the road from the Julian Farm, which has been placed on the PACE Agricultural Land Conservation program. Willowcrest subdivision and Broadview Manor are in the immediate vicinity and both are zoned RB.

The county planning office recommends the zone changes be denied. The planning office staff report says the county's Comprehensive Plan designates the area for low density residential land use. The existing RR zone permits only one dwelling unit per 1.5 acre minimum lot size, and the applicant's proposed development would exceed that.

"The maximum possible density with the requested zone change would provide for the applicant to increase the maximum density designated on the future land use plan by roughly eight times," the staff report says.

Last year, the Morrises requested that all 54.3 acres be rezoned from RR to RB.

The planning commission voted 6-2 in March to recommend denial of the zone change. Then Fiscal Court voted 4-3 in June to deny the zone change.

Frankfort's 21st Century Development has a purchase option on the property. Before Fiscal Court's vote last year, Jerry Lunsford, with the development firm, said "in the long haul, that land will be developed by someone whether it's us or someone else. It's a natural progression. It has sewer and a 12-inch water main in front of it and someone will develop it."

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