Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Kenton housing plan advances

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — A zoning amendment clearing the way for Keeney Development of Erlanger to build upscale houses along Marshall Road won Kenton County Fiscal Court's initial approval Tuesday, after commissioners received assurances that flood-control concerns would be addressed.

        A final vote is scheduled for fiscal court's Dec. 7 meeting.

        Public comments won't be heard on the issue next month, unless the fiscal court decides to hold a rare, second public hearing on the issue, Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said.

        Keeney Development wants to build Manor Hill subdivision on an 89-acre site along Marshall Road near Steep Creek Road. The amendment to the county zoning map would apply to the 36 acres in unincorporated Kenton County. The rest is in Independence.

        Developers have said the subdivision would have up to 176 single-family homes, ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 square feet and costing from $175,000 to $400,000.

        However, at a five-hour public hearing last week, Marshall Road residents said they were worried the development would cause more flooding in an area already plagued by drainage problems.

        Mr. Edmondson told commissioners Tuesday that engineers will be monitoring the project's design to ensure that it does not add to the area's runoff problem. He said plans

        call for containing 125 percent of runoff, or more than currently exists.

        Residents, many of whom signed a 509-signature petition opposing the zoning map amendment, also expressed concerns that the project would burden southern Kenton County's infrastructure and crowded schools.

        Also Tuesday, fiscal court:

        • Defeated a proposed ordinance to regulate junked or inoperable vehicles, so that it could be reworked by the county attorney. “We are still going to pass an ordinance to address the issues, but I'm going to recommend that we start over again,” said Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd. When a new ordinance is proposed, Mr. Murgatroyd said it will be publicized, and anyone with an interest in the issue will be given a chance to speak.

        • Gave final approval to an ordinance creating an easement for a public right-of-way from the end of Mary Laidley Drive to Decker Construction Crane Co., so that a road can be built to open the area for light industrial uses.

        • Agreed to consider providing $24,000 in money or in-kind services, so that a committee promoting a bike and pedestrian trail along Ky. 8 could qualify for a $120,000 federal grant to fund a section of the River Path in west Covington. Before giving approval, fiscal court members said they needed more information, including Covington's possible role in maintaining the section of trail, or dealing with any cost overruns.


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