EARLIER: Triple S delays vote on 2nd outlet mall

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Trio Property's request for zone change will now come Nov. 20

By Lisa King

Following the same pattern it used in July, Triple S Planning Commission on  Tuesday night tabled until Nov. 20 a zone change request for a second proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville.

A crowd of about 100 people turned out for at a public hearing at Stratton Center as the commission considered a request for a zoning change and the development plan from Trio Property Development and its partner, Paragon Outlets Development, for a parcel east of Buck Creek Road and south of Interstate 64.

And just as they had done with a request from Horizon Group Properties for the first mall planned for south of Interstate 64 at Buck Creek Road, commissioners voted to delay their final decision until next month.

At that time, commissioners will have read the transcript with all the testimony and then can vote on whether to allow the requests.

About 16 acres of Trio’s original 82-acre development is zoned X-1, which allows for outlet malls specifically in its description. However, the 66 remaining acres are zoned agricultural.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the developers changed their zoning request to a total of 64 acres, with 17 zoned X-1 and 47 to be rezoned to Limited Interchange. for the property, which is located on the east side of Buck Creek Road, from agricultural to limited interchange.

Bill Bardenwerper, a development attorney with Bardenwerper Talbott & Roberts, which coordinates the project, said the acreage was decreased because not all of it was required in the plan.

The preliminary planned unit development plan proposes three lots encompassing 42.29 acres, nine out lots (9.27 acres), and a total building area of 400,000 square feet distributed on three lots.

This is directly across Buck Creek Road from the 55 acres where Horizon received its requested zone change from the Simpsonville City Commission to move forward with a mall of its own. Horizon has said it plans to start building in the spring and open in the summer of 2014.

When Triple S determines its positions, the mater will be referred to the Simpsonville City Commission for final consideration and ultimate approval.

Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S, said the commission staff had determined that the development did meet the guidelines of the comprehensive plan.

Homeowners from the Hunter’s Pointe neighborhood, which is just south of Trio’s property, had hired a real estate attorney, Steve Porter, to serve as a negotiator with the developers on the group’s concerns about the project and some remedies.

He said last week that the groups had agreed on some points and that the fervor of  response from the group would depend on agreement on those remedies.

On Tuesday he said the Hunter’s Pointe Homeowner’s Association supported the development.

But of the eight residents of the area who spoke to the commission, none were in favor of the development. Former Shelby County Magistrate Bob Walters said he didn’t object to the development itself, although he was concerned about it how would impact the entrance to his nearby property.

Others cited concerns about traffic and environmental issues. Several said they simply did not want two outlet malls in Simpsonville. One resident, Sandy Bissmeyer, was very adamant about that issue.

“This is not Dallas, this is Simpsonville, Kentucky,” she said, emotionally, to a background murmur of agreement from the crowd.”