The planning commission unanimously agreed that Planning Commission Chairman Bob Brame should send a letter to the Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) stating that there will be no negative impact from the work and that the commission will accept roughly $1 million grant to go toward work to repair, renovate or rebuild several homes that are below code.
“We’re very fortunate to get it,” Brame said. “Basically, they’re houses that are … on the verge of being condemned, if they haven’t been already.”
Brame said that local contractors would work on eight very low-income homes, three extremely low-income houses and one moderately low-income house, and he also said that all of the houses but one are on the northern part of Ky. 139.
The planning commission also unanimously approved a revised fee schedule. Brame and others on the commission said there haven’t been any comments from the public on the fee schedule.
Planning Commissioner Mike Heffington spoke in favor of the program, stating that local contractors will be used to work on the homes in question, and he added that while any work is done, any residents of the homes will be put up in rental properties.
“It’s a shot in the arm for the county,” Heffington said.
Work like this has been going on for more than 10 years, and each time PADD chooses between five and 12 houses that it sees as needing significant work, said Heffington.
If the house has to be rebuilt, it will be rebuilt with the same basic dimensions, but it will now be up to code, Brame said.
One of the larger fees is $2,500 per application for the construction of one or more cell phone or internet/data towers. An application to build a major subdivision costs $500 for the initial plat plus $10 per lot, $2,500 for the initial escrow/deposit and another $500 for a final plat, not including the recording fee.
The reason for including the fee for data towers, Brame said, is because he had a call recently from someone who wanted to install 25 data towers in the county to better facilitate high-speed internet. He added that since the fee is for the application, the cost for an application for 25 towers would be the same as the fee for an application for one tower.
An application to begin a minor subdivision is $100 plus recording fees. The difference between a major and a minor subdivision isn’t included in the fee schedule.
A $150 would be charged for conditional use requests and requests for variances as well as for each change or variance to an initial plat, according to the proposed fee schedule. A fee of $150 would also be charged for a dimensional variance request, not including the costs that would be incurred by the planning commission.
A change in zoning request would cost $250 plus costs incurred by the commission, the filing of a water management plan would cost $50 plus costs incurred by the commission and a letter to financial institutions would cost $20.
Brame also brought up a new residential development in the county. He noted that while there were no problems with how the developers are acting, they could build something worse and there wouldn’t be any county regulations against it, and he said that’s something the commission should look at.
In other business, the commission gave preliminary approval to a zoning change from single-family residential (R-1) to multi-family residential (R-2) for a multi-family apartment complex to be called Quad Co. Housing Project on Line Street on Martindale Drive.
Brame said the complex would consist of three buildings and probably six–12 units, and added that the owners have followed all the rules and have gone by the book. People will have 30 days to comment before the next planning commission meeting, Brame noted.