Planning commission approves petition to repeal zoning maps

In what seemed more like a court hearing, McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer questioned Deputy Judge Executive Doug Moore under oath during Wednesday’s county Planning Commission meeting.  

Clymer, making his case to repeal what he calls faulty zoning maps, asked Moore about his work that revealed more than 1,100 properties were not properly zoned.

"There was no documentation of any kind that said these made their way properly through the system," Moore told Clymer. 

State law requires any zoning changes to be made public and brought in front of  the planning commission and the county’s fiscal court. Clymer said that didn’t happen under former Judge Executive Van Newberry, so he filed a 14 page petition to reverse any illegal changes made by Newberry.

"Between the two of us, we were able to put this presentation together to get the vote we’ve been going for for, truly, 15 months," Clymer said. 

Clymer also highlighted the previous fiscal court’s decision to hire an outside engineering firm to change all 1,167 properties. It has cost the county almost $150,000 to remedy 154 properties. It’s a contract Clymer said was not in the best interest of taxpayers.

"Even if the county previously accepted a deal or chose to engage in a contract, which is what they did, I can independently change it," Clymer told Local 6.

Clymer said the county’s fiscal court is likely to take up the issue next month.

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