As you may be aware, at our last Commission Meeting several residents came to discuss the permitted use guidelines in the District of Taylor Mill DTM 2 Zone. During this meeting there was a fair amount of criticism in regards to the timing of the text amendments submitted by the City to the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) for review and recommendation. As a result, I would like to clarify to all interested parties the procedure for considering a text amendment change to the Taylor Mill Zoning Code. The proper procedure, which was followed by all City Officials, is outlined below:
A Text Amendment Application can only be submitted by the City or the Kenton County Planning Commission. It most cases the City consults with the NKAPC Planning Staff first for assistance with specific language.
The Application is then submitted to the NKAPC for a public hearing before the Kenton County Planning Commission (KCPC).
NKAPC Staff reviews the application and sends notification to the newspaper a few weeks prior to the scheduled public hearings, which is then published.
NKAPC Staff writes a report for the KCPC detailing all aspects of the application and reviewing for context, reasonableness, legality, consistency, and compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Kentucky Revised Statutes, as well as, the application's effect on the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. A recommendation for approval or denial is included in this report, based on this detailed review.
At the public hearing, the general public is invited to attend and is given the opportunity to give testimony in regards to the application, either in favor, against, or neutral. This input, plus the input by the applicant (the City) and the NKAPC Staff, is then considered by the KCPC in order to make a recommendation to the City, which can include suggestions/conditions for changes. It is important to note that the KCPC's action here is merely ADVISORY and NOT FINAL.
NKAPC Staff prepares a letter detailing the recommendation by the KCPC and the findings that led them to the recommendation. This letter is sent to the City as the official recommendation for consideration by the City Commission/Council at their public meeting.
The TM City Commission/Council then at a public meeting considers the recommendation of the KCPC. At this time elected officials can hear additional input during those meetings if they choose, but they are not required to. It is the City Commission/Council who then make the final decision on whether to approve the text amendment as submitted, to approve with changes, or to disapprove. If denied or approved as submitted or with minor changes, this decision is final. If major changes are made, the changes are required to be resubmitted to the KCPC for further review and recommendation before they can be approved by the City.
The final approval by the TM City Commission/Council has no time limit. If no final action is taken the amendment is not considered approved, regardless of the KCPC recommendation.
The City must then have a first and second reading of an Ordinance amending the text of the zoning code. These readings must take place at separate public meetings by which a majority of the elected officials are present.
The entire process from start to finish to amend the language of the zoning code as a result would typically take approximately 3 months to complete.
Over the course of the last several weeks you may have seen on various social media outlets and reported in the newspaper information about the City of Taylor Mill railroading text amendments. This information was false. In fact the appropriate process was and continues to be adhered to.
The City of Taylor Mill is in the middle of some extreme changes with the relocation of KY 16 and the continued creation and development of the Districts of Taylor Mill. It is the goal of all involved to create a unique and special mixed use commercial development that is for the betterment of our community. I assure you the members of the Taylor Mill City Commission and Staff values citizen input and encourage you to participate in public meetings by viewing them on cable television or attending them in person. Typically, the Taylor Mill City Commission meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at City Hall, located at 5225 Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY. Due to scheduling conflicts in the month of February we will meet on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Anyone interested in learning more about your local government is encouraged and invited to attend.
It is an honor and privilege to serve you! Thank you.
Daniel L. Bell, Mayor
City of Taylor Mill