Cracker Barrel faces yet another zoning appeal

By BETH CRACE and CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staf Published:

A development plan for Cracker Barrel restaurant is up for review today by the local planning commission just as the zoning dispute heads back to court.

Nearby property owners Alice South Hume and Woodford County's Pin Oak Stud Farm are appealing commercial zoning at the southwestern quadrant of Interstate 64 and Versailles Road. The appeal, the second in three years, was discouraging for developers who feel the majority of the population favor the development, according to their attorney.

"We're naturally disappointed because the vast majority of citizens in this community it appears are very much interested and want a Cracker Barrel," said attorney William E. Johnson, who represents the Bizzacks.

The appeal was filed March 5 in Franklin Circuit Court. In the appeal, Hume asks the circuit court to declare the zone change invalid, and to direct the zoning category to remain Professional Office.

The zoning has been tried and tested time again, upheld and - ultimately - reversed by the court system. Currently, a ruling by the state Court of Appeals is up for discretionary review with the state Supreme Court.

The quest to bring Cracker Barrel to eastern Franklin County dates back to 1997, when the Bizzacks first sought a zone change for the property, according to county Planning Director Vickie Sewell, and, "we're still no closer," she said.

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