Zoning issues addressed by commission

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Mason County Commissioners gave final approval to an ordinance that vetoes plans to place a convenience-type store off Kentucky 9 near Water Tower Road in the Orangeburg area.

This was the second attempt by the property owner, asking for a zoning change to the property.

Mason County Commissioners originally rejected a request to rezone the 9.9-acre site along Kentucky 9 for a new business venture in 2016.

The property is owned by Deborah Howes, who submitted an application to the Joint Planning Commission, asking that the property be rezoned from agriculture to community. In her application, Howes said she planned to build and operate a drive-thru convenience store at the site.

In September 2016, the JPC heard concerns voiced by residents that included problems with drainage that already exists on the road; safety concerns for vehicles entering and exiting the AA Highway and the narrowness of Water Tower Road. Increased traffic flow interfering with a neighborhood walking path and a general opposition to any commercial development in the area was another issue expressed during the hearing.

A second request from Howes was made to reconsider the issue and a public hearing held on April 4 and the proposal once again rejected by the JPC.

On Tuesday, Howes addressed the court concerning the request and said there is space for Water Tower Road to be widened. She also said making it a dead end road would alleviate any fears of it being overused by traffic entering the proposed business.

After hearing from Howes, the court voted unanimously to uphold the JPC’s recommendation that the property not be rezoned.

In another zoning-related issue, commissioners held the second reading of an ordinance adopting recommendations of the JPC to rezone property belonging to Shambre Bradford from agricultural to business. Bradford sought the change so the property on Kentucky 11 near the intersection of Kentucky 9 can be utilized as an auto impound lot.

The JPC originally considered the change and made the recommendation in May 2017 but the county rejected the recommendation because of the lack of an ordinance regulating such businesses. Following flash flooding last summer, the county and city enacted an ordinance which more closely regulates salvage yards and similar businesses.

Bradford must still acquire a conditional use permit from the Board of Adjustment for the property.

In other business Tuesday, Commissioners learned the County Attorney John Estill will step back from duties on May 22, Election Day to avoid any issues of conflict or impropriety. Estill said he has enlisted Fleming County Attorney John Price to cover if any questions concerning the election, voting or civil matters arise on that day and Commonwealths’s Attorney Kelly Clarke will step if there are any incidents requiring criminal court coverage.

Commissioners also:

— Approved reports from the Sheriff, Treasurer, Road Department, Animal Control Officer, Landfill, Solid Waste and Recycling, and Detention Center.

— Approved a resolution from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet cooperative agreement.

— Agreed to authorize County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer to secure earthquake coverage for county property.

— Learned David Reed was reappointed to the Maysville-Mason County Port Authority, David Maher to the Fleming-Mason Airport Board and Mark Kachler was appointed to the Tax Assessment Appeals Board.

— Heard a report on the Ethics Committee meeting.

— Heard from Ashley Moore and Aaron Rigdon from New Hope Community Services.

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Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]