Vote of the council on the reallocation of Ky. 39 real estate fails | news


Plans for a possible senior apartment complex on Ky. 39 may have failed after Somerset City Council voted against the zoning change that would make it possible.

The vote on Monday evening was 6-5 against the zone change, with one city councilor – Robin Daughetee – voting in favor of it.

The application for rededication came from the developer of a property in 1156 Ky. 39, across the freeway from the intersection with Oak Leaf Lane.

The owner submitted an application for the property to be connected to the city, which was approved last month.

The next application was the reallocation of the property from a residential building-1 or single-family house to a residential building-3 or one in which several units like an apartment complex can be built.

The rededication was rated positively by the city’s planning and development commission, which sent a “fact finding” to the council, which gave the go-ahead for approval.

However, at the city council meeting on Monday, several residents of that area of ​​Ky spoke to each other. 39 against the planned development and referred to the already existing dangerous traffic situation on this section of the road.

Sharon Ledford, who lived a few lots away from the property being zoned, took a petition signed by 25 others before the council to protest the zoning change. She called Ky. 39 “one of the busiest and most dangerous highways in Somerset or Pulaski Counties,” saying that adding more traffic, especially by most seniors, would be an accident to come.

Congestion issues arise due to the close proximity of Pulaski County High School and Northern Middle School, as well as multiple neighborhoods on Oak Leaf Lane.

The highway also often sees traffic from agricultural vehicles, construction equipment, semi-trailers, box trucks, and emergency vehicles, she said.

Ledford said she attended the planning and zoning meeting that discussed this property and said a commissioner commented that putting 50 units on this property would have less traffic impact than 10 single-family homes.

“I resolutely and respectfully disagree, and I don’t see how that is physically possible,” she said.

She also mentioned – supported by Monty Gover, a Somerset resident who attended both the zone meeting and the council meeting – that some members of the commission said they did not want to vote against the zone change because the owner had already spent a sizable amount had amount of money.

“That is not a reasonable reason” to vote for a zone change, said Gover.

Planning and Zoning Chairman Mark Vaught told the council that congestion was “the state’s problem,” as Ky. 39 is a state road and that the state has several plans to alleviate part of it.

The first was an access road planned for 2022 connecting PCHS with Northern Middle.

He also said that there was a plan at the state level to be part of Ky. 39 by Ky. 80 to rebuild Oak Leaf Lane. He said it wasn’t planned before 2026 but urged citizens to contact their lawmakers to see if they could speed up the process.

Vaught also said that one of the ideas put forward at the planning and zoning session for solving traffic problems was to ask the city if more police patrols could take place in the area to curb speeding.

Mayor Alan Keck said the city would look into it.


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