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County seeks 'aesthetic' improvements

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By Lisa King

Magistrates voted Tuesday night to propose a text amendment to local zoning regulations that would create a design standard for a scenic corridor along Mount Eden Road and U.S. 60 east.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the amendment – so called overlay districts – if approved, would establish some guidelines about the way that buildings would have to be designed in the eastern part of the county in the future.

"This would add an aesthetic value to the communities," he said.

Magistrate Tony Carriss, whose District 6 includes Mount Eden Road, said he hopes the proposal will be approved.

"It will affect myself and [magistrate] Mike Whitehouse, and I think it has a lot of potential to enhance the appearance of the county in that area," he said.

This proposal is similar to actions take by Simpsonville (to create a city center) and Shelbyville (to develop a plan for its East End) and creates new codes for the areas designated.

The county’s proposed overlay zone is for the area along U.S. 60 from Marshall's Mobile Home Park, on the southwest corner of the intersection with Boone Station and Mount Eden Road, continuing east past the Convenient store at Meadowbrook and then south out Mount Eden Road to Interstate 64.

"There is an area next to 64 that's been zoned commercial on the left, just past 64 on 53 which is across from the old Holiday Inn Express, and the design standards would be applied there as well," Rothenburger said.

The judge added that magistrate Betty Curtsinger came up with the idea and Carriss and Whitehouse quickly agreed.

"She [Curtsinger] had U.S. 60, which is designated as a scenic corridor, and once the conversation continued on, then Tony Carriss said he really loved the concept and wanted to do the same with Kentucky 53, because it's an entryway into the city, and it's also his district. I told him I thought it was a fabulous idea."

Now that the fiscal court has approved the design specifications, now it's just a matter of applying the geographic areas to the overlay district to identify those areas, Rothenburger said.

 

Magistrates also approved:

§       Increases in the county’s general fund in the amounts of $10,000 and $5,500 for Homeland Security grants; $5,000 in miscellaneous revenues; and an insurance reimbursement of  $8,950. General fund expenditures included $15,000 for Fiscal Court Animal Removal; $5,500 for DES new equipment and $8,950 for county property repairs.

§       A budget amendment for $7,858 in reimbursements from the Ambulance Fund as well as $7,858 for EMS vehicle maintenance.

§       A budget amendment for unanticipated receipts from the road fund in the amount of $38,914 from truck license refund; and to increase Road Fund expenditures in the amount of $38,914.

     

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Graphic by Triple S Planning

This map shows the areas that would be affected by a proposed overlay district in eastern Shelby County.

 

County to create overlay district

Will set design standards for eastern Shelby

 

By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

 

Magistrates voted Tuesday night to propose a text amendment to local zoning regulations which would create a design standard for a scenic corridor in the Mount Eden area and U.S. 60.

Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said the amendment, if approved, would establish some guide lines about the way that buildings must be designed in the eastern part of the county in the future.

"This would create overlay districts to add an esthetic value to the communities," he said.

Magistrate Tony Carriss, in District 6, which is the Mount Eden area, said he hopes the proposal will be approved.

"It will affect myself and (magistrate) Mike Whitehouse and I think it has a lot of potential to enhance the appearance of the county in that area," he said.

The proposal is for the area along U.S. 60 from Marshall's Mobile Home Park, crossing over the intersection and continuing past the Convenient store at Meadowbrook, and then out Ky 53 and south to Interstate 64.

"There is an area next to 64 that's been zoned commercial on the left just past 64 on 53 which is across from the old Holiday Inn Express and the design standards would be applied there as well," Rothenburger said.

The judge added that magistrate Betty  Curtsinger came up with the idea and magistrates Tony Carriss and Mike Whitehouse quickly agreed.

"She (Curtsinger) had U.S. 60, which is designated as a scenic corridor, and once the conversation continued on, then Tony Carriss said he really loved the concept and wanted to do the same with Ky 55, because it's an entryway into the city and it's also his district. I told him I thought it was a fabulous idea."

Now that the fiscal court has approved the design specifications, now it's just a matter of applying the geographic areas to the overlay district to identify those areas, Rothenburger said.

Also on the agenda, magistrates approved the following budget items:

 

Budget Items

 

• Increases in the General Fund in the amount of $10,000 and $5,500 for Homeland Security grants; $5,000 in miscellaneous revenues; and an insurance reimbursement of  $8,950. General Fund expenditures included $15,000 for Fiscal Court Animal Removal; $5,500 for DES new equipment and $8,950 for county property repairs.

• A budget amendment was also approved for $7,858 in reimbursements from the Ambulance Fund as well as $7,858 for EMS vehicle maintainance.

• A budget amendment for unanticipated receipts from the Road Fund in the amount of $38,914 from truck license refund; and to increase Road Fund expenditures in the amount of $38,914.