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Shelby County, Shelbyville, Triple S to set standards for bypass development

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By Todd Martin

Shelbyville and Shelby County governments have worked hard during the past several months to try and improve the look of the major gateways into Shelbyville.

Overlay districts that outline quality building materials standards on new construction have been placed on Mount Eden Road, Frankfort Road and Boone Station Road, ensuring that the drive into the east end of Shelbyville improves as it develops.

Now, Triple S Planning and Zoning wants to make sure it's ready when the new Shelbyville Bypass opens around Labor Day.

"With the bypass coming closer, I've talked with the Judge [Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger] and the mayor [Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty], and we've agreed that we need to move on and implement some building materials agreement," said Ryan Libke, the Triple S executive director, at Tuesday's meeting. "So sometime next month we'll need to have a public meeting so we can be ready when it [the bypass] opens in September."

Hardesty said he thinks the move is very proactive.

"What I don't want is to come back in five years and say, 'Oh, I wish we would've done something' after someone has built an inappropriate building," he said. "I think an overlay district, especially for building materials and design standards, is very appropriate."

However, the area being discussed will encompass much more than simply the bypass, a 4.5-mile road around the north side of Shelbyville that will connect KY 55 from U.S. 60 in the west to Eminence Pike.

Libke said this new study will stretch from the 5-acre tract on Catalpagreen development that fronts U.S. 60 less than a mile west of the bypass to 2031 Midland Trail at the entrance to Bohannon Insurance and Marimba Mexican Restaurant.

The study will follow the bypass around to Eminence Pike, where the county would stretch the area back to the south down Eminence Pike to meet the city's overlay district near the railroad tracks.

"We want to make sure we have quality standards on buildings set before things get started," Libke said.

Webb Road divisions

A 300-plus acre farm on Webb Road had a little more than 90 acres split off for division. The original farm, at 1780 Webb Road, is owned by Darlene Ellis and still consists of nearly 220 acres. But the area on the west side of the road has been split into 11 lots, ranging in size from about 5 acres to a 39-acre tract. Another 5.25 acres on the east side was also split off for another family member's home. No development is planned for the sites.

Long John Silver’s construction

The Commission gave approval for the rebuilding and waiver requests to allow for a drive-through window for a new Long John Silver’s restaurant where the existing restaurant stands now on Midland Trail.

The group that owns the restaurant and is working to buy the land, Cap Enterprises, has a deal in place but wanted zoning approval first.

Steve Sternberg, representing the owner, said all plans for the construction are finished and that store should only be closed between 60 and 90 days.

"We're ready to get started as soon as we can," he said.

The company is looking to replace the building, which has been open since 1975. Cap Enterprises owns a total of 10 restaurants, five of which are combinations of A&W and Long John Silver’s, but he said the Shelbyville store will remain Long John Silver’s only.

City Solutions agreement

Libke informed the commission of the office's agreement with City Solutions Center to work on the 7th Street plan - which extends from Washington Street to the entrance for Clear Creek Park - for the city and county. The center has offered to do the work for free, asking only that the county, city and zoning office cover all printing costs.

Commissioner Dudley Bottom praised the decision, and not just for the price tag.

"This is going to give the people out there [in the 7th Street area] a chance to be involved as well," he said.

Libke and the center have set tentative dates for public meetings for the study. They are hoping to schedule three meetings, Sept. 9 and 23 and Oct. 6.

Permits up

The zoning office has seen an increase of more than 200 percent in new home permits. Through June last year six permits were issued, and through Tuesday's meeting 19 had been issued this year.

Also at the meeting, the commission approved:

  • An amended agricultural plat with waiver on Dover Road, allowing a second tract to be split from a 37.6-acre lot.
  • An amended agricultural plat with waiver request at 700 Flood Road, where two neighbors are exchanging land.
  • The final plat for the Meadow Glen subdivision, section III. The final section of the neighborhood will have 17 lots on 7.3 acres.
  • An amended agricultural plat on Hebron Road. The owners are splitting a 10-acre lot off of the existing 27.7-acre farm for the family's home.
  • An agricultural plat on Cat Ridge Road that will divide a 5-acre tract off of the 82.9-acre farm.
  • Partial bond releases for $35,389 for Cloverbrook Farms, phase 1, section 2 and $2,144 for North County, section 4, phase 2.