Cracker Barrel zoning on county's front burner again

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Franklin County Fiscal Court gave the first reading Thursday to ordinances relating to rezoning property at Englewood Office Park, better known as the proposed Cracker Barrel site.

The Bizzack family is requesting a zone change for 10.39 acres at the southwest corner of the Interstate 64 and Versailles Road intersection. The request is to rezone the property from Professional Office to Highway Commercial to accommodate a potential restaurant, fast-food restaurant, bank and hotel.

In November, a gridlocked Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission failed to reach a consensus on zoning for the site. Even though the planning commission found evidence to support the zone change - after hearing testimony given by people on both sides of the issue at a lengthy public hearing in September - it couldn't make a decision either way Nov. 20.

First, a vote to deny the zone change failed 4-6. Then a vote to approve the zone change ended in a 5-5 tie. Then the commission voted 9-1 for the zone map amendment to be forwarded to Fiscal Court without a recommendation.

A transcript of the public hearing and planning commission's action, containing hundreds of pages, has been sent to Fiscal Court members to study before voting on the issue after the second reading, probably in February. Attorneys for both sides attended Thursday's meeting, but Fiscal Court took no additional testimony on the matter.

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