Planning and zoning commission approves change

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By William Carroll

The Taylorsville Spencer County Joint Planning and Zoning commission voted unanimously to approve a recommendation to rezone a property located at 425 Normandy Road from R-1 to RM-1.
The approved recommendation came over the objection of several nearby residents, who had voiced their concerns during two separate meetings on the issue. Property owner Edgar Ray Thompson said, during a previous meeting, that his request for rezoning would be to allow his daughter to place a manufactured home on the property.
Several area property owners were concerned about how a manufactured home might effect property values in the area.
“This is about what is right and what is wrong,” said resident Brent Broyles. “I have no personal issues with modular or manufactured homes. It is not in the best interest of the neighborhood to change zoning from R-1 to RM-1, however.”
Broyles said that he has seen a change for the better in his immediate area and was concerned that allowing an RM-1 home would lower housing values.
“Stick built homes appreciate while manufactured homes depreciate,” he said.
Resident Anthony Nieman said that any change in the zoning would be unfair to current property owners and that current residents had already built homes relying on R-1 zoning regulations. Wife Yvonne Nieman asked if the commission votes to approve the change over property owners objection whether the commissioners could impose binding requirements on the Thompson property regarding square footage requirements, the parking of unlicensed vehicles and other ownership regulations.
Selena Thompson Goode responded to the opponents concerns:
“We are just looking for a place to call home,” Goode said. “We have spoken with a number of builders and manufactured home dealers, and we finally found a nice home that will complement surrounding homes that is within out budget.”
Goode said that the home she is proposing is a top quality manufactured home and would meet not only U.S. Housing and Urban Development requirements but Kentucky housing requirements.
Husband Joe Goode pointed out that several other types of homes exist in the area including some single-wide house trailers. According to evidence provided at the hearing, there seemed to be some discrepancy regarding the number of manufactured housing in close proximity.
After some further discussion from the zoning commission, commissioner Anthony Travis made a motion which was seconded by commissioner Lowry Brown to approve the change to RM-1. The motion was approved five to zero with three members of the commission absent from the meeting.
In other matters before the commission:
• Scott Bowling spoke with commissioners about a request filed by property owner Gary Goodlett for Bowling to convert a five acre parcel located on Greens Lane from AG-1 to AG-2. Bowling said his intention is to purchase the property and place an approximately 2400 square foot two-story home on the property. Commission members wanted a little more detail regarding the type of home Bowling wanted on the property.
• Commissioner Cara Lewis tendered a resignation of her position on the commission which was read aloud during the meeting.