Ordinance re-zones 5-acre property north of Highway 64, west of Woodmont Drive

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously passed an ordinance on final reading that re-zones property north of Highway 64 and west of Woodmont Drive.
Board members took the action during their July 17 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Karl Chambless and seconded by Alderman John Troncone.
The ordinance was unanimously passed on first reading at the board’s June 19 meeting.
It amends the Oakland Municipal Zoning Map by re-zoning a 5-acre parcel located at 1375 Highway 64 from E-SFR, Estate – Single Family Residential, to B-2, Highway-Oriented Business.
Mayor Chris Goodman has said the property owner requested the re-zoning, and the Oakland Planning Commission had recommended that the board approve it.
During discussion at the June 19 meeting, Chambless asked whether a “commercial entity” will be located there. Goodman said a small, privately owned bookkeeping business is currently on the property.
“So, evidently, we’ve had a commercial entity in a non-commercial zone up until now,” Chambless noted.
In response to a question by Goodman, Town Planner Chris Pate said the bookkeeping business was “probably grandfathered in” when the property was annexed, because any business that was in use would “maintain its status.”
At that time, Pate recalled, Oakland had asked that the same zoning designation used in Fayette County be assigned to the properties west of Highway 196.
“This is simply an extension of the vacant commercial zone to the west,” he said, “taking in this property to the east.”
Noting that it is occupied by two buildings, Pate said one appears to be a “residential property use,” while the other has been used as an office for bookkeeping and to “advertise a business somewhere else.”
Chambless asked whether the board will be “correcting something from long ago.”
“From their property to Cherry Road has been zoned commercial,” Pate replied. “So, you’re actually extending the commercial zone one property to the east.”
In response to another question by Chambless, Pate said any commercial entity seeking to locate on Highway 64 must still have its Site Plan approved by the planning commission.