Commission Approves Funds For Storm Water Plan
By Leah Long
PADUCAH, KY - The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved several items on its agenda Tuesday evening, including an ordinance for an agreement for technical services in an amount not to exceed $257,040 with Strand Associates, Inc. for Phase II of the Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan project.

Phase II develops a storm water program funding strategy. Items included in Phase II are the development of annual operation and maintenance costs and the costs for repair and replacement of existing infrastructure, the projection of future funding needs, funding alternatives and rate options, billing system options, a rate comparison, and a storm water utility ordinance.

Phase II will include a public outreach program regarding a potential storm water utility fee.  Phase II is anticipated to be completed by the end of January 2019.

Two ordinances were approved changing the zoning of several pieces of property on Kentucky Avenue, Clark Street, and South 31st Street from R-2 -low and medium density residential - to B-1 - convenience and service zone. These properties total 10.3 acres. The zone change is due to proposed development in the area by the owner of the properties.  There are 38 properties at the following address ranges:  3101-3230 Kentucky Avenue; 3101-3213 Clark Street; and 243-247 South 31st Street.

At the February 27 Commission meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners unanimously approved amendments due to the proximity to Paducah Middle School.  The amendments add the condition to the ordinances prohibiting retail package liquor stores, retail tobacco stores, vape or electronic cigarette shops, and any other retail establishments that sell similar products on those properties.

Before adoption of the zone change by the commissioners, the Planning Commission heard testimony on December 4 and December 18 regarding the zone change with the Planning Commission providing a positive recommendation to the City Commission based on the significant change that has occurred in that area.

As described in KRS 100.213(b), the zoning can be recommended to be changed based on major changes in an area’s economic, physical, or social nature.  The area surrounding these properties has seen significant change since 2011.

During that year, Midtown Market saw major renovations.  In 2012, construction began on the new Paducah Middle School which led to the demolition of 31 homes. Independence Bank began construction in 2013, and the Coke Plant experienced major renovations beginning in 2014.

And the commissioners were introduced an ordinance to approve the annexation of 1740 and 1770 New Holt Road which total 3.9 acres.  The property is contiguous to Paducah’s city limits.  The annexation was requested by EMD Properties, LLC with plans to construct a town home subdivision.  All property annexed into the City of Paducah receives an initial zoning of R-1 Low Density Residential.  A vote on this annexation will be held at the March 27 meeting.

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Published 09:42 PM, Tuesday Mar. 13, 2018
Updated 09:03 AM, Wednesday Mar. 14, 2018

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