Bullitt Co. residents upset over proposed re-zoning

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 12:29 AM

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Shepherdsville neighborhood is up in arms over proposed changes to their community. The owners of Valley View Farms, next to Cedar Grove Road, want to allow industrial development on their property. But, residents say that will erase what they love about their neighborhood.

A sea of white shirts streamed into the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in a show of solidarity as neighbors and opposition to changing what they love about where they live. They were there for a public hearing in front of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission to discuss a property called Valley View Farms, a former 840-acre dairy farm. Part of that land has been developed into a golf course and some residential lots. But, when the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, the plan changed.

“We have filed a petition to rezone some 600 plus acres from R3 residential to IL light industrial and the goal is to eventually put some industrial type of warehousing in, which is consistent with what this planning commission has been doing for the past 10-12 years," said Eric Farris, attorney for Valley View.

It’s a complicated request, with a lot of legal pitfalls. Essentially, the owners of the land want to re-zone it to allow distribution warehouses to be built on the property. The possible ripple effect of that proposal has neighbors banding together.

“I have a concern for the safety of myself and my fellow residents on Valley View Drive. And, more than that, I have a huge concern for the children of our community,” said one woman speaking at the public hearing Thursday night. Her comments were met with applause from the crowd.

Morgan Hiskins, 11, lives in the Heritage Hills subdivision next to the property that would be re-zoned. She loves that there is plenty of land to run and play on near her house. She sat patiently through the long meeting, listening to information that would confuse most adults. She waited for her turn to voice her concerns.  “Well, one, they’re going to make our road wider,” she explained, “and I won’t be able to walk on that road anymore because of all the trucks, I would be afraid of getting hit.”

After hours of back and forth discussion, the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission decided to send an unfavorable recommendation to the city. Now, the Shepherdsville City Council will have to decide on a date to hold their own public hearing on the issue and make the final decision.

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