Jessamine County

Jessamine planning commission denies zone change for convenience store

NICHOLASVILLE — The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to deny a zone change sought for construction of a convenience store on the new four-lane U.S. 68.

The commission's recommendation now goes to Jessamine Fiscal Court for a final vote, which probably will take place in about a month.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who own a Thoroughbred horse farm in Jessamine County, had sought the zone change from agricultural to commercial use at the northwest corner of U.S. 68 and Ky. 169, about 2 miles west of Nicholasville. The zone change was for 9 acres along a section of U.S. 68 that was widened from two lanes to four lanes. The section opened to traffic last summer.

The convenience store would have had two fuel-service canopies and parking for 37 customers, according to a filing with the planning commission

The commission's staff had recommended disapproval of the request for a zone change because it was not in agreement with a joint comprehensive plan approved last year for Wilmore, Nicholasville and Jessamine County.

For example, goals included in the comprehensive plan specifically call for the commission to "avoid any commercial development along new and old U.S. 68" and to "maintain U.S. 68 as a historic scenic highway."

The comprehensive plan also calls for the planning commission to "dedicate the majority of land outside the city limits of Nicholasville and Wilmore to continued agricultural use."