Subdivision approved by Planning Commission

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Kroger still delayed for area

By Amanda Manning

 The initial plans for a neighborhood right off Ky. 393 has been approved by the Oldham County Planning Commission. 

On Nov. 27, the commission recommended that Oldham County Fiscal Court approve the development at 2701 Cedar Point Road. 

The Commons at Cedar Point would be located in La Grange and border the Heather Ridge and Heather Green neighborhoods. 

The developer, Key Homes, has plans for 102 single-family lots spread across 32.7 acres. 

“Part of what is attractive is the amount of open space and community space that will be in the development, almost all of the lots back up to some sort of green space,” Billy Doelker, owner of Key Homes, said.

“It is designed to be more of a maintenance free community,” Doelker added.

The developer also requested a variance, from 7 feet to 5 feet on each side of the homes, which was later approved. 

The commission discussed traffic, lot size, and the variance request, among other items.

Two people spoke in opposition of the development during the hearing

“It’s a nice neighborhood, I just don’t think it’s the right area for it,” Dan, a resident on Cedar Point Road said.

Oldham County Schools estimates that 33 students would come out of the development. 

“It is above 100 percent of capacity, hence why it is marked inadequate because we do not officially have enough space but it is within the mitigating phasing range, so at this point it would still be the 40 units per year that the board would agree to,” Michael Williams, the director of Pupil Personnel said. 

After a lengthy discussion, the planning commission recommended that Fiscal Court approve the zoning change at a vote of 11 to 1. 

Sam Finney voted no. “I like the subdivision plan, I just don’t like the infrastructure,” he said during the vote.

The preliminary plans for the subdivision were also approved at a vote of 10 to 2. 

William Douglas and Berry Hampton voted no. 

Commissioner Kevin Mesker abstained because of a conflict of interest. 

Buckner Kroger

Kroger, which has purchased property on Ky. 393 and Commerce Parkway, near this proposed neighborhood, said their project is still delayed.

“We are currently working through the road construction situation, and the fact that it was not completed to include the underpass below the railroad track,” Erin Grant, the Corporate Affairs Manager at the Louisville Kroger division, said. 

“We are also waiting on more residential information for area and neighborhood development.”

Kroger added that they plan to announce a date of completion by early 2018. 

The next Oldham County Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19. It was unclear at the time of print whether the development would be discussed at that meeting.