Board of Adjustments greenlights two bed and breakfast inns

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By Linda Ireland

Two LaRue County couples received approval last week to open their houses as bed and breakfast inns.

The LaRue County Board of Adjustments, headed by chair Paul Lassanske, voted to issue conditional use permits to Michael and Kaye Smith, and James and Kay Curle.

The Smiths are planning a “farm stay” at their home on Tanner Road.

Located in an out-of-the way area, it will give guests a hands-on experience of rural life.

Mike Smith said they had attended a BB conference in Lexington, learning about the farm stay concept. They will offer five rooms.

Obtaining the conditional use permit is the “first hoop” they must jump through before dealing with state requirements, Smith said.

The Curles plan to convert a three-bedroom, two-bath house on five-acres on Trumbo Road into a bed and breakfast.

The BOA restricted the size of the signs the businesses can use and required them to contract for garbage pickup.

Conditional use permits are reviewed annually.

BOA member Rita Williams said the BBs would be an asset to the county and she wished they had been available a couple of years ago during the Lincoln Bicentennial.

Bud Ireland, planning and zoning administrator, said the bed and breakfasts are the first to be approved through the board of adjustments.

In other business:

The BOA approved a request by Jason Newton to construct an addition to a building at 9357 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville.

Newton, who owns a heavy equipment and truck repair business, plans to build a 60x64-feet addition.

The current building sets within the boundaries established by a viewshed ordinance passed by Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning.

Newton said the addition would permit trucks to use the side parking lot – rather than attempting to pull in or back out on Bardstown Road – typically a busy roadway.

The addition would allow more distance between the entry and the roadway than currently exists.