Many neighbors have been interested in the status of the restaurant property located at 1201 Payne St. Earlier this month, the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association BOD drafted and approved a letter to Louisville Metro Planning and Design regarding the application for a zoning change that was filed by the property owners.
The letter was sent, and a reply was received and is a part of the case file, which is under review. (The reply can be found here.)
As always, additional information will be provided as it becomes available and official.
Please find the letter below:
Mr. Christopher Brown
Louisville Metro Planning and Design
444 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
July 13, 2015
RE: Case #15ZONE1026
The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association (IHNA) has been made aware of an application for a zoning change by the owners of 1201 Payne St. through media coverage. The zoning change request is from R-6 with non-conforming use permit to C-2 to allow a restaurant.
IHNA does not support this zoning change. We have been in contact and working with the new owners for almost a year now. We agreed to the existing 2am alcohol license as long as they did not increase the capacity, even though Robert Kirchdorfer had suggested that a 12am license was more appropriate for the neighborhood based on comments and concerns he had received from neighbors and IHNA.
For many, many years a restaurant has ran a neighborhood friendly establishment and operated within the current zoning and the non-conforming use permit. IHNA sees no need for the zoning to change. The change to C-2 will negatively impact the neighborhood and any future business that fits that zoning classification can locate there once it is changed. The R-6 zoning allows the neighbors and IHNA to work with any future owners on a case-to-case basis.
The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association seeks to preserve and protect our residential core from any re-zoning. Our Neighborhood Plan, as adopted into Cornerstone 2020, clearly states the following goals:
- Encourage a complementary mix of residential and commercial uses but also provide for effective separation of uses to reduce encroachment and conflict. Enforce existing zoning designations, and change zoning where appropriate. Prevent the expansion uses incompatible with the neighborhood. Support and reinforce the neighborhood residential character.
- Increase the availability and convenience of residential parking, and reduce commercial parking and parking encroachments within residential areas. Identify and address parking encroachments. [Irish Hill Neighborhood Association, affected businesses]
- Please let us know how we can best address our concern and disapproval for the re-zoning. IHNA would also like to know what meetings will be required and the dates for the re-zoning to occur, so that we may attend and voice our concern.
We look forward to hearing back from you as soon as possible.
Irish Hill Neighborhood Association
Board of Directors
cc: Louisville Metro Council President David Tandy
Louisville Metro Councilman Bill Hollander