P&Z approves South Camden development

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By Elizabeth Troutman

A developer offered the county $96,000 for road improvements in exchange for approval to develop a subdivision on a narrow, curvy road near Centerfield. Planning and zoning commissioners approved George Clore’s proposed plan to develop Camden Ridge, a 131-acre subdivision with 64 single-family residences on South Camden Lane. The subdivision will sit between Kentucky Acres subdivision and Lake Pointe subdivision. Despite opposition from 17 residents of adjoining neighborhoods, development plans were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission Feb. 26. The commission also approved a waiver to reduce the frontage space of seven lots from the road from 300 feet to 150 feet. The lots will range between one and 2 1/2 acres. Several commissioners, including Laura Bohne and Jan Horton, opposed the waiver of subdivision regulations. The waiver passed with a 6-5 vote. The development will connect subdivisions and create additional entrance and exit routes for residents of Lake Pointe and Kentucky Acres. Clore’s donation of $1,500 per lot will fund the widening of South Camden Lane. Kevin Young, an engineer with Land Design and Development in Louisville, estimated the cost to widen South Camden will be less than Clore’s $96,000 donation. Remaining funds will be allocated to county road work. County Engineer Beth Stuber said South Camden Lane is in dire need of improvements to allow school buses and emergency vehicles to access the neighborhoods easily. Clore also offered Oldham County Fiscal Court a conservation easement, which includes more than 20 acres along a flood plain on the property. Members of fiscal court will decide whether to accept the land donation. Stuber said keeping land in conservation easements will help fiscal court gain funding from EPA grants. Residents of Montfort Lane and South Camden complain the proposed development will create too much traffic. John Oslica, a resident of Montfort Lane and vice president of the Croftboro Homeowners’ Association, believes the development will create cut-through traffic to Ky. 22 on his street. Rather than make access to neighborhoods easier, he thinks residents will face additional traffic congestion in the area. “We were never designed to be thoroughfares,” he said of Croftboro and Kentucky Acressubdivisions. Other residents argued additional traffic will ruin the character of the neighborhood. A traffic study conducted by Bob Flener of BTM Engineering in Louisville predicts residents of Clore’s development will create 30 percent more traffic on South Camden Lane in two years.

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