It was a long, tough slog but the Board of Adjustment did the right thing Friday when it turned down a proposal for a zip line canopy tour and other activities on Boone Creek in southern Fayette County.
The issue wasn't, and isn't, whether an outdoor adventure business could ever be the right thing in rural Fayette County.
Board member Janice Meyer hit the nail on the head when, after hours of testimony and arguments, she said, "we're being asked for a zoning change and I can't in good conscience support it."
The Planning Commission acts on zoning in Lexington Fayette County not the Board of Adjustment. As the name suggests, the board's role is to consider requests for some variance in an activity that is allowed under the zoning ordinance. For example, if a homeowner wants to build an outbuilding closer to the property line than the ordinance specifies, it would be an issue for the Board of Adjustment.
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Fayette County has a world-class rural area, including the beautiful Boone Creek palisades. It makes sense to explore how eco-tourism and agri-tourism can add to our economy while affording more people a chance to enjoy our natural beauty.
That's an exploration, though, that shouldn't focus on the pros and cons of one project but on the goals, opportunities and costs for the entire community in this new field.
We urge Burgess Carey, the developer who proposed the Boone Creek project, to work with the Planning Commission and other interested parties on sorting out how projects like his can be part of Fayette County's future.