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City to ponder industrial park zoning issue

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By Kate Darnell

The Cynthiana City Commission will soon hear arguments for and against a proposed zone change in the industrial park.

Approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission at its meeting on Aug. 17, the request is to change the corner lot on Sea Biscuit Way from light industrial to heavy industrial.

If passed by the city commission, the lot will be sold to United Propane Gas Inc.

Mayor Jack Keith said the commission has four options - take no action and allow P & Z’s recommendation to take effect after 90 days, hold a de novo hearing where anyone can speak on the issue, vote using the record from P & Z’s meeting or hold an attorneys’ argument, where a lawyer for both the proponent and opposition presents each sides’ claims.

“I respectfully request a full hearing before the city commission to discuss the change in zoning in the industrial park...” said Dr. Neil Rush, speaking before the commission. “And even though the planning and zoning approved this change, in the interest and fairness, I think that the neighbors should have the opportunity to express themselves to the commission...”

Jeannette Bracken, a part-owner of one of the residences on Connersville Pike, told the commission she also requests a de novo hearing.

“This issue is very important to many of us that are here tonight...” Bracken said. “We actually did present you (the commission) with a petition... where we asked for a full hearing, and we would respectfully request that you grant us that.”

After a motion made by Commissioner Mark Mattmiller, the board voted 4-1 to hold an attorneys’ argument hearing.

Commissioner Amanda Moore voted against the motion.

As part of a separate motion, commissioners voted to hold the attorneys’ argument hearing during their Sept. 22 regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

More details from the Cynthiana City Commission can be found in the print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.