Did you notice a sign for a zoning change on Pleasant Ridge? You may be asking, “What kind of zone change?” or “What is being built?”

sign that said zoning change
Photo by Claire Ramsay/ HJ

According to public records, the property on Pleasant Ridge is currently zoned as B-5P, or Interchange Service Business Zone. According to Article 11 section 1 of the LFUCG Zoning Ordinance, B-5P is intended to “permit the establishment of limited commercial facilities at limited access highway interchange areas so that the traveling public is conveniently provided with transient type services without endangering the movement along, as well as access to and from, the limited access highway. The standards contained in this Article are intended to provide adequate protection for, and consideration of, the traveling public.”

In short business to service people using the limited access highway (I-75). This includes gas stations, restaurants, hotels, motels, Cocktail Lounges, Nightclubs, Wine Tasting Rooms, brew-pubs, car washes, and carnivals on a temporary basis.

The proposed change is to re-zone the property from B-5P to B-6P, or Commercial Center Zone. According to Article 12 section 1 of the LFUCG Zoning Ordinance, B-6P is intended to “create centers of activity that promote commerce and retail along major corridors within the community, while supporting existing residential neighborhoods and incorporating new residential opportunities in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan.”

In short this would allow for: banks, offices, research centers, schools, libraries, museums, funeral parlors, medical and dental offices, radio and television studios, community centers and private clubs, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, computer and data processing centers, travel agencies, nursery schools and child care, supermarkets, restaurants, brew-pubs, retail sale of merchandise, beauty shops and barber shops, self service laundry, gas stations, parking structures, retail sale of plant nursery or greenhouse products, miniature golf or putting courses, quick copy services, indoor theaters, arcades, banquet facilities, adult day care centers, animal grooming facilities, mail service facilities,tattoo parlors, day shelters, commercial farm markets and market gardens, places of religious assembly, offices of veterinarians, self-service car washes, and multi-family dwellings.

sign that said zoning change
Photo by Claire Ramsay/ HJ

According to the justification letter sent by Bingham Greenebaum Doll representing Justice Plaza LLC and Kentucky Nickel Investments LLC, their desire to re-zone is the want for conformity with the majority of the other properties in the immediate area.

The letter also states that the two companies want the flexibility for uses in the commercial area, such as retail shops to complement the current and future uses of the area. It will allow a wider range of business and professional uses for the property.

There is a current application filed by Kentucky Nickel Investments LLC to build a Home2 Suites by Hilton.

The full zoning ordinance for B-5P and B-6P can be found on pages 139-144 of the Zoning Ordinance.



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