Accepting the advice of the county planning commission, Jessamine Fiscal Court rejected the rezoning for a new upscale subdivision on U.S. 68 near Wilmore.
Monday’s 3-2 vote supported November’s recommendation by the planning commission, which said the rezoning would be inappropriate because it would “undercut a number of overriding principles established for the control of development” along U.S. 68.
The court voted against rezoning the 31.6 acres of land from agricultural to residential use. The rezoning was proposed for The Equestrian Reserve, which would have had 23 lots of one acre or larger and houses in the $600,000 range. The rezoning was sought by Hager Development LLC.
A land-use plan adopted last year by the county said the majority of land outside the city limits of Nicholasville and Wilmore should remain in agricultural use.
The plan also encouraged preservation of the scenic historic and agricultural character of the U.S. 68 corridor. The highway is also designated a scenic byway by the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
George Kopser, who opposed the rezoning, was pleased with the fiscal court vote.
“I’m glad they’re backing up the planning and zoning decision,” Kopser said. “I think the county has had sort of a bad reputation over the years for ‘anything goes,’ and this proves that these developments that don’t suit the modern Jessamine County can be turned down.”
Bobby Gullette, attorney for the development company, would not comment on whether the decision will be fought by filing suit in court.