Zoning decisions illuminate importance of voting

I think most would agree Bowling Green is a great place to grow up.

Neighborhoods have grown and evolved with time and life is good … until it isn’t. It seems progress in the direction of apartment complexes and small businesses has taken center stage. Every time you turn around, another “departure from life as we knew it” is popping up and sometimes in inappropriate places. “Progress at any cost” should be called out, and this is my concern. Consider Whispering Hill Subdivision on Russellville Road. A corner residential lot at the entrance was recently purchased.

A request to rezone from residential to commercial was submitted with the intent of opening a pharmacy. Lacking adequate space, Planning and Zoning surprisingly approved a number of variances which granted the petitioner permission to build.

I don’t know too many people who would want to own a home situated that close to an operating business, particularly one brightly illuminated and with a drive-through window. It kind of changes the ambiance of your outdoor barbecue. Additionally, with traffic on Russellville Road already a serious challenge for the residents, placement of this business at the entrance will undoubtedly compound the problem.

Planning and Zoning, following a tie vote, ultimately approved and the request for rezoning was sent to the city commissioners for consideration. It’s important to note that the residents of Whispering Hills did not take this sitting down. Myself (on behalf of my father) and many others stuck it out through four hearings. We were ultimately outmatched in a contentious vote. So, Bowling Green, my admonition to you is to be aware of the views of the mayor (who votes on this commission) and the four commissioners that you elect. It makes a difference. This could be your neighborhood.

Karen Neel Henrickson

Bowling Green

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victoria

I am not a politician, but ran for City Commission when there were too many things going on that I felt were not in the best interest of the residents. The pro business leanings the Commission was a primary concern. I ran on a platform of putting a moratorium on rezoning, variances, and apartment complexes waiting a while to see how much new build is needed. My concern was the primary areas of employment are restaurant and hospitality and if the economy suffers, these folks will be unemployed and will move outside the area leaving empty rentals which in turn would create even greater economic hardship in the community due to possible foreclosures on these buildings. My other concern was although there were more rental options, rent was increasing.



I also expressed concern about new taxes and was given a drumming for saying it since the occupation tax hadn’t increased, but our properties are being reassessed and taxes raised. The Commission touts they have nothing to do with property tax rates so they distance themselves from this revenue stream. However, when BG grows a certain percentage, the Commission has a mandate to reduce the property tax rate and have voted to decrease it by the smallest amount possible and be compliant. And anyone who has worked in an organization knows there are many private conversations and decisions made prior to bringing any issue to the people.



Also, the League of Cities provides a “free training” to Commissioners. They are not working for the benefit of individuals in a community.



Lastly, I appreciate all the people who voted and especially my supporters who heard my concerns and voted for me.I agree with the writer who stated your vote matters. It does. Businesses have money. People have votes. If you want to be heard, VOTE!



Victoria Golden-Thompson

Past Candidate for City Commission.






Absolutely Positively

" I ran on a platform of putting a moratorium on rezoning, variances, and apartment complexes waiting a while to see how much new build is needed. My concern was the primary areas of employment are restaurant and hospitality and if the economy suffers, these folks will be unemployed and will move outside the area leaving empty rentals which in turn would create even greater economic hardship in the community due to possible foreclosures on these buildings. My other concern was although there were more rental options, rent was increasing."



You were concerned with the increase of rents and your solution was to put a pause on the construction of new units? My God, you have more degrees than a thermometer and you came up with THAT?

pls3320

All of the properties along Russellville Road are commercial. Nobody would buy this lot to build a house.

Absolutely Positively

Two things.

1- They're building a drugstore. Stop with the "progress at any cost" and "departure from life as we know it" stuff.



2- You don't live in or own any property in the city, let alone the affected area. You were outmatched because this isn't your fight.

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