We live in the 5th district of Meade County, and the owner of recently purchased property adjacent to our property filed an application with Meade County Planning/Zoning Commission (P/Z) on April 20, 2022 to rezone his property from R1 to R3. Basically, he bought 11 acres, built a home on the back side, then he wanted to rezone approximately two acres in the front of the property, to build multi-family rental units. Obviously, this did not sit well with the surrounding property owners and we chose to voice our objections and concerns. On May 5, 2022, the P/Z Commission held a hearing in the Meade County Courthouse. During the meeting, we heard from the property owner and his objective to build as many rental units as possible on that property. The Commission then heard the objections and concerns of the surrounding property owners. After all points of the view were heard, the P/Z Commission voted unanimously in favor of passing the zoning request and it was forwarded to the Fiscal Court to be voted on. The next Fiscal Court meeting was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The court consisted of Judge Executive Leslie Stith and the six magistrates representing the six districts in Meade County. The court heard from the P/Z Commission, as well as the objections and concerns of the surrounding property owners. They discussed all the issues relative to the case and then voted on whether to pass or deny the zoning request. In this particular case, the zoning change was denied. We would like to take this opportunity to commend the people involved in this case. First, we would like to comment Judge Executive Stith for conducting a court that was non-partisan and based on law. Even his political affiliation is different from ours, we think the people of Meade County should be proud to have a leader with old fashioned values such as honor, principles, and ethics. It is a nice feeling to know that if you have a case that has to be sent to Fiscal Court for judgement, that you will be treated fairly., Judge Stith has shown us that he is the person that we want in charge of making the important decisions in Meade County. Secondly, we would like to comment the six magistrates, who actually listened to the people who were going to be impacted by the Court’s decision. They reached a unanimous decision not to side with progress, but to consider the concerns of the current neighboring property owners. We think each one for them have shown that they truly represent the people who have voted for them into office. Lastly, we understand that the P/Z Commission has a difficult task of finding housing needed to support the influx of people in for employment with Nucor factory. We are not sure of the solution, but we believe there are people available within the community with resources and ideas that will help to accomplish that task.
Don & Patti Kuehner