Board sets conditions for horse arena

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By Walt Reichert

The Triple S Board of Adjustment and Appeals set down nine conditions along with the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) it gave to Rocky Fork Feeders at the board's May 29 meeting.

Rocky Fork Feeders' owner Mike McIntosh is building a 60,000-plus square foot building on his farm on Dover Road to accommodate events held by the Kentucky Cutting Horse Associaton. Those events had previously been held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

Residents on Dover Road complained to the board last month that the trucks coming to and from the cutting horse events would cause unsafe conditions along the narrow road and the lighting and noise from the events would be a nuisance.

The conditions the board set were:

use of the facilities is limited to the Kentucky Cutting Horse Association and affiliate associations only.

events are limited to weekends and holidays and hours are limited to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

the entrance to Rocky Fork Feeders farm for cattle trucks and cutting horse use must be relocated and modified to meet Shelby County Road Department specifications.

outdoor lighting must comply with Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission ordinances.

a sanitary sewage system must be approved by the appropriate governing agency.

landscape buffering shall be implemented around the arena area and RV/trailer parking areas.

RV parking shall be temporary in nature only.

an annual schedule of events must be submitted to the board for approval.

a site plan for the development of facilities must be submitted to the board.

At least one resident who had complained about the project said he was satisfied with the conditions the board set.

"I talked to the owners after the meeting and they assured me that they would never rent their arena out for rock or country concerts," said Jon Topy, who lives on Dover Road. "Also, all events would be daylight affairs so there wouldn't be any obnoxious floodlighting. That makes me happy too. They're very nice folks just trying to further their cause."

The attorney for Rock Fork Feeders, Todd Davis, said his client could also live with the conditions the board proposed.

"We're quite pleased with the conditions they proposed," Davis said. "I don't think they'll (the neighbors) be overly impacted."

In other action, the board:

approved a conditional use permit for the old Electric City building now owned by the Catholic Church of the Annunciation. The church has remodeled the building to use for special events.

approved a variance for a sign on the Dollar General Store in the Village Plaza shopping center.

approved a 15-foot setback variance on land owned by Donald and Margaret Redmon.

approved a variance for landscape buffering at 1733 Midland Trail.

The board also swore in its newest member, Larry Williams. The Simpsonville City Commission appointed Williams to the board last month. He replaces Leonard Shouse, who resigned after he moved from the city of Simpsonville.