Thursday, June 17, 2021

City's public forum on proposed RV resort will come after developers' traffic study is completed, mayor says

The City of Midway will hold a public forum on the Bluegrass Experience RV Resort "at some point in the near future . . . but that should not occur before July 8, the original end date to the comment period" of 30 days, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said in an email today. "We will keep the public comment period open indefinitely during this time."

Asked why he made the announcement, Vandegrift said the developers' traffic study won't be completed before July 8, and "After discussing where we are with both sides, it became evident that this is the most appropriate step. . . . I figure more time for input can’t hurt anything." Much of the opposition to the resort is based on the traffic it would generate.

In his initial email, Vandegrift said, "I think we can all agree it’s more appropriate to allow additional time for more questions to be answered. This includes the developers taking time to meet with individuals and smaller groups, and time for the traffic study to be completed. Any mediation that occurs in this time would be welcome news as well. Once the traffic study is complete, we will reevaluate the situation on the ground and plan to schedule a public forum at that time."

The city plays a key role because the resort needs its water and sewer services, and city policy is that a property must be in the city to receive those services. Annexation is up to the City Council.

The resort has received a conditional-use permit to operate a tourist destination in an agricultural zone. It would be one of the 10 largest RV parks in the United States, with more than 1,000 sites, most of them across South Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

More than 100 people attended a public meeting the developers held Monday. Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader noted that story today about the proposal, headlined, "Would an enormous RV park outside Midway help Woodford County’s tiny town or ruin it?"
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