Don’t change pipeline zoning rules in Boyle County

Published 7:12 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, is an important date for Boyle County residents. At 9 a.m., the Danville- Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at city hall. Among the items on the agenda is a public hearing on “The Danville-Boyle County Planning & Zoning Commission has filed an application to amend Articles 4, 5, and 7 of the Joint Zoning Ordinance.” This public hearing has ended twice by tabling: 07-24-19 & 06-26-19.

At this third public hearing, the amendment will be taken off the table and put before the commission once again.

The amendment covers Chapters 4, 5, and 7 of the Joint Zoning Ordinance and is 100 pages long. It covers a reclassification of zoning districts, as well as items such as signs, solar panels, farmland, short-term rentals, outdoor storage, landscaping, as well as hazardous liquid pipelines.

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Those of us who put much time and energy into the hazardous liquid pipelines ordinance originally feel strongly that the ordinance does not need to be changed. Director Steve Hunter feels differently.

The original ordinance was drafted by Bruce Smith, Mark Morgan and Tom FitzGerald, all of whom are respected zoning attorneys. The ordinance was approved by the Danville- Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission, the Boyle County Fiscal Court, Danville City Commission, as well as Junction City and Perryville. The Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership and the Convention and Visitors Bureau added their support.. This ordinance was also used by Madison County as a model for its ordinance.

This meeting is very important to us since none of us nor any of our attorneys has been able to have input into the revisions.

We encourage all residents of Boyle County who are interested in the public safety and wellbeing of this community to attend this meeting.

Charles and Anne Ferguson