The Fayette County Board of Adjustment denied a request by Boone Creek Adventures to develop a recreational facility in a remote area of the pristine creek.
In voting down the request, several board members said they deemed the proposal an amusement park, a use prohibited by city ordinance for a rural area.
Members also seemed to agree with arguments by opponents that the area could not be adequately served by police, fire and emergency medical vehicles because of its remoteness — at least not for the 20,000 people expected to come to the area each year.
"This is a commercial recreational use that goes against the goals and objectives of our comprehensive land use plan, the Rural Management Plan, the Green Space Plan, and would create a dangerous precedent for other similar rural areas," said Don Todd, one of the attorneys representing the opponents, including several landowners in the area.
Burgess Carey, who wanted to open Boone Creek Adventures, proposed a recreational facility that would include zip lines, hiking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and camping.
The vote was 4-3 to deny the request. Voting to deny were Barry Stumbo, Jan Meyer, Noel White and Jim Griggs. In favor of the request were members Kathryn Moore, chairman Louis Stout and Thomas Glover.