Fiscal court upholds PZ rezoning decision

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By Ron Benningfield

Controversy over a zoning request brought several visitors to speak to LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting Nov. 26 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning previously denied Jimmy Goldsmith’s request to rezone one acre he owns at 1011 Plouvier Road from A1 (agricultural) to R1B (residential).

Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, explained to those present that state law does not allow fiscal court to approve a zoning decision.

“We cannot approve planning and zoning’s decision, but we can provide no action which means planning and zoning’s decision stands, or we can disagree with the decision through contrary action,” said Turner. “In either case, you have the recourse to take the matter on to circuit court, which is the final authority.”

Jessica Sadler, who resides on Plouvier Road, said part of her reason to objecting to the zoning request was to preserve the beauty of the farmland in that area.

“If it’s broken up, it won’t be as appealing, nor as valuable,” she said.

Steve Plouvier, who lives at 961 Plouvier Road, said, “Leave it in five-acre tracts instead of breaking it up. If not, you’ll set a precedent and have a community of mobile homes and trailers.”

Goldsmith said he wanted his request to be approved for this one piece of land, then restrictions could be put in place to prevent further land from being rezoned to one-acre plots.

After listening to the speakers discuss their reasons pro and con for about 30 minutes, the court made no contrary action to planning and zoning’s disapproval of the request.

The court also showed no contrary action to planning and zoning’s approval of 7.7 acres owned by Paul Fultz at 2211 Carter Brothers Road being rezoned from A1 to R1B.

In other business, Mike Cottrell, emergency medical services director, reported 207 ambulance runs for October.

Fourth District Magistrate W.L. Miller requested a stop sign be installed at the junction of Airline Road and Ky. 1517. Turner said any sign erected there would be on the state’s right of way, but added he would check with the state to see if it would allow the sign.

Turner said the county’s salt bins are full and that he has ordered an extra 100 tons to have on hand in case of an exceptionally severe winter.

The court approved a $500 donation to the Morrison Santa Claus fund.