Soccer Development Updates
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing this week on Thurs., Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the LFUC Government Center, 200 E. Main St., Lexington KY.
The purpose of the meeting is to decide on a zoning change for a parcel of land located at 5380 and 5354 Athens-Boonesboro Road, located near the I-75 junction.
The land is currently zoned as B-5P, but is being proposed to change to B-3, which would allow for the development of a 6,500-person soccer stadium, training facility, and medical treatment facility.
What does B-3 mean?
B-3, or the Highway Business Service Zone, currently permits soccer stadiums as a conditional use, meaning that use must be determined to be appropriate in that location.
Planning Staff has recommended approval of the zone change and of the conditional use for the soccer stadium.
They have also recommended additional zoning restrictions to prevent negative impacts on the surrounding infrastructure, seeing as the Athens-Boonesboro Road corridor is an identified gateway into Lexington.
These recommendations prohibit some specific uses that are typically permitted in the B-3 zone, such as car sales, pawnshops, adult video stores, and more.
We will continue to be mindful of the potential impacts of development on our productive farmland and unique rural area, and will continue to monitor the proposals.
If you’d like more information, please take a look at the Planning Commission Report for the development plans, and plan to attend the public hearing on Thursday 1/26. If you’d like to reach out to the Planning Commission or Planning Staff with your questions and concerns, please email them here.
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