Lexington Council Appears Ready to Act on Recreational Zoning

Jun 16, 2016

Credit kentucky.com

    Lexington leaders appear ready to move forward with a recreational zoning text amendment.  It’s been a point of discussion for the past few years.

The establishment of a zipline service in a rural section of Fayette County a few years ago started the discussion about permitted recreational uses.  Members of the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee voted this week to make uses like canopy tours, hiking trails and canoeing conditional. 

Fayette Alliance Director Susan Speckert backs that approach,  “The Fayette Alliance supports the rec zota, as passed by the Planning Commission, except we believe the uses, the six uses that were added as principal uses, should be changed back to be conditional uses.”

The Fayette Alliance is a citizen-based group focusing on achieving sustainable growth through advocacy, education, and promotion.

Burgess Carey, with Boone Creek Properties, says the zipline is not operating.  He says the more restrictive zoning would remove incentives to protect rural land with other uses beyond agriculture and housing.​