Simpsonville moves closer to new village center

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Next Step is Zoning Change

By Laura Clark

The Simpsonville city commissioners continued the process of creating a new village center in Tuesday's meeting.

With unanimous consent, Mayor Steve Eden signed a letter to the Triple S Planning Commission initiating a text amendment to zoning regulations and a map amendment to the zoning map.

The text amendment would add the classification Village Center From District (VCFD) to the Shelby County Zoning Regulations. The map amendment includes about 26 acres along Shelbyville Road. Both commercial and residential zones would be changed to VCFD.

Letters regarding the proposed zoning changes will go out to all property owners, who are encouraged to stop by City Hall with any questions and concerns. The Planning Commission will hold public hearings in the future.

"Everything here is based on citizen input," City Administrator David Eaton said regarding the new village center.

In other business:

  • The commission authorized Simpsonville Police Chief Scott Chappell to begin the search for a new police cruiser. The oldest cruiser was purchased in 2003 and frequently needs repairs, Commissioner Scott McDowell said. Administrator Eaton suggested keeping the old cruiser as an alternative vehicle for police.
  • Mayor Eden signed a resolution to execute and provide all documentation necessary for an application to the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security for Law Enforcement Protection Program funds for a project to be administered by KOHS.
  • Commissioners voted to accept Kingbrook Parkway, a new road, into the City of Simpsonville Public Works Department, pending an inspection and request from Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for its youth basketball league.
  • Simpsonville's Halloween will be from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31.