Triple S Planning Commission: 2nd outlet mall decision should come Tuesday

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Trio/Paragon seeks OK of plan

By Todd Martin

When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes on Tuesday it will pick back up right where it left off last month – discussing a Simpsonville outlet mall.

The commission voted last month to table making a decision on the second proposed outlet mall south of Interstate 64 on Simpsonville’s Buck Creek Road.

The similarities between the first proposed outlet mall and this one are striking.

Last month, Paragon Outlet Mall/Trio Development proposed a development on the east side of Buck Creek Road just south of Interstate 64 and east of Veechdale Road. The plan is for a 64-acre site, which requires 47 acres zoned Agricultural to be rezoned to Limited Interchange (X-1). The development will include 400,000 square feet of retail space.

Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke’s staff report recommended approval of the zone change recommendation because it fits within in the comprehensive plan, but the public did not agree. Several people last month spoke against the plan.

In July, Horizon Group first came to the commission with a 50-acre proposal for 365,000-square-foot outlet mall on the west side of Buck Creek Road at the intersection with Veechdale Road, directly across from the Paragon/Trio site. The proposal included a request to change 24-acres zoned Agricultural to X-1, allowing the whole property to be zoned for an outlet mall.

At that meeting several area residents also spoke out against the plan, which was also recommended for approval by Libke’s report.

The commission tabled the decision and then approved a positive recommendation at the August meeting. That recommendation was then sent to the Simpsonville City Commission, which approved it later that month. Horizon is still awaiting a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow for the filling of part of a 6.5-acre pond and some surrounding wetlands.

Now, at 6:30 Tuesday night at Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville, the commission will come back together and likely present a decision on the Paragon/Trio site.

Once the commission makes its decision on a recommendation, it again will be sent to the Simpsonville City Commission, which can take the subject up in a meeting for a vote, like it did with the Horizon property, or it can take no action, and after 90 days Triple S’ recommendation becomes final.

Both Paragon/Trio’s representatives and a lawyer hired by Hunters Pointe Subdivision, which is located just south of the proposed development, were OK with the delayed decision.

Steve Porter, the Louisville attorney representing Hunters Pointe’s Home Owners Association, said the developers worked well with his group’s requests.

That deal involved cutting down the number of modifications the developers wanted to make to the property, such as erecting a 10-foot fence around the development and reducing the original three stream crossings to just one, in order to the preserve more trees and natural wildlife habitats, Porter said.

“Nobody can say that everybody in Hunter’s Pointe will be one-hundred percent satisfied to see the property go in; most would love to see it all be soybeans and corn,” he said. “But they have worked with us, and the problems we said before that we had with this development don’t exist anymore.”