Commission Approves Residential Zone Change – The Advocate-Messenger

The Danville City Commission unanimously approved a zoning recommendation for approximately 56 acres of land near the South Danville Beltway, from Gose Pike to Cattleman’s Roadhouse, ranging from agriculture to multifamily housing and freeway business.

The property has been in the planning phase for several years and its master plans have previously been publicly reviewed.

During a public hearing on December 8, 2021, eight members of the commission voted in favor of a proposed revision of the zoning plan. The Planning Commission made an amendment whereby the road access point to High Tower Road and an additional road access point to Gose Pike would be permitted at the City’s request to designate access points. Adding these creates a total of five access points.

The commissioners expressed concern about the plan’s exemption from a traffic impact study. “The Cattleman’s exit on the bypass is historically a dangerous intersection,” Mayor Mike Perros said. “If we add another intersection up the road, it’ll probably be just as dangerous.”

City engineer Josh Morgan said that with the five access points, less traffic would be concentrated in one place. More access options should offer more safety, but can also slow down traffic on the bypass.

City Attorney Stephen Dexter said the Danville Bypass is already heavily trafficked and any development would have little impact on traffic flow.

“It’s wonderful to see apartment buildings that are so badly needed,” said Commissioner Jennie Hollon. A first reading of the regulation is being prepared and will be read at the next meeting on January 24th.

The commission announced two Citizens of the Arts Commission of the Year 2021 at its January 10 meeting.

Arts Citizen of the Year Gaynella McGuire has been involved with the arts since the 1970s. She is a working artist but also a teacher. She has helped secure funding for schools in Danville and Boyle County to expand artistic opportunities and special projects.

Art Citizen of the Year David Walden, who owns the Walden Funeral Home, is a longtime collector and supporter of local art. While not an artist himself, he serves on the board of the Art Commission and participates in local art events. He has also sponsored art exhibitions at the funeral home.

At the meeting, McGuire and Walden were presented with original pieces of blue and green glass hanging art made by local artist Kathy York.

In other matters, the City Commission:
• unanimously approved two cemetery appointments, Linda Warren and Valerie Crawford. Warren’s term ends on January 1, 2025 and Crawford’s term ends on February 1, 2025.
• will host a workshop in February to discuss park projects, specifically the Boyle County Fairgrounds and Jenny Rogers Center. They will review concepts for the projects and discuss construction plans.
• Discussed and approved a draft for a new, simpler city logo.
• Approved a bid from Modular Connections to build a communications shelter for the new communications tower behind the Central Fire Station. The $46,827 offering will be funded from the city’s communications equipment budget.
• Approved an application for a new fire engine.
• Fire Chief Doug Simpson gave an update on the fire department. He said the pandemic has significantly increased the number of calls they receive. In 2021 they answered 3,195 calls which is a record high for them while in 2010 they had about 600 calls.

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