Junction now officially part of P&Z

Published 7:57 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

Junction City has officially returned to the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission.

During Thursday night’s regular Junction City Council meeting, members unanimously approved the amended and restated interlocal agreement to join P&Z.

“The agreement is the formal contract that lets governments join together to be one body,” said P&Z director Steve Hunter. “Danville, Perryville and Boyle County already passed it with little to no discussion.”

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Hunter told the council once the document was signed, notarized and recorded at the Boyle County Courthouse, “at that point in time — literally the point we record it — the subdivision regs will be back in force.”

Mayor Jim Douglas immediately signed the agreement, had it notarized, and handed it to Hunter to file at the courthouse and send to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Developers will now be required to follow regulations for any new subdivisions or construction projects, including roads and sidewalks, Hunter said.

However, subdivisions that are currently being developed in Junction City won’t have to adhere to the regulations. “They have to be grandfathered in,” Hunter said. “There’s not much you can do with developments already in progress.”

Junction City officials have been at odds with a local developer over a plat they said was incorrectly accepted by the Boyle County Clerk’s Office without a Junction City signature last year. However, the city learned that since it left P&Z in 2009, the city never had enforceable subdivision regulations.

In January, Hunter said he was shocked because of what P&Z attorney Bruce Smith’s opinion about the situation meant: Ever since Junction separated from the county-wide P&Z Commission, “everyone thought there were subdivision regulations in Junction City; turns out, there’s nothing. … There’s no oversight, there’s no acceptance process. The developer’s not bound by anything.”

In other P&Z business, the council voted to accept the mayor’s nomination of Sonya Kitchen to be appointed as Junction’s seat on the P&Z board. And it unanimously agreed to adopt the 2017-18 Comprehensive Plan Goals and Objectives, which is another step the council had to take before it can write zoning regulations for Junction City.

Other city business included:

• Police Chief Merle Baldwin announced that the second annual cruise-in will be on July 20 and organizers are hoping that more than 150 vehicles will come to the show. There is no registration fee to enter and all types of vehicles are welcome to participate, Baldwin said. Cash and door prizes will be awarded. Last year, more than 2,500 visitors came to Junction City to enjoy the show, Baldwin said, and they’re hoping for even more this year.

• A city-sponsored fireworks show for the Independence Day holiday was discussed and a tentative date of Wednesday, July 3, was set.

• Mayor Douglas announced that someone wanted to take the caboose from city property where a new city hall may be constructed someday. A council member said, “How fast can they come get it?” and several other members chuckled and waved “goodbye.”

• Mayor Douglas said he was having second thoughts about spending more than $2 million on the construction of a new city hall, even though a representative from Bluegrass Area Development District said Junction City could afford the payments over 40 years. “I think we should look at some other avenues,” he said. After the meeting, Douglas said the city council has been discussing the possibility of building a new city hall for about five years.