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Bullitt County homeowners upset over KY 245 scenic corridor plans

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Some Bullitt County residents say they could lose a portion of their property and be subjected to strict building and landscaping guidelines because of a plans for a scenic corridor.

The corridor is planned for a stretch of Kentucky 245 from I-65 to the Nelson Bullitt County line.

From flowers of all different colors, to a babbling fountain and a welcome sign, Kenneth Thompson’s house could be straight out of a magazine.

“This is my dream home and it shows front and back,” Thompson said.

But Thompson's dream is quickly becoming a nightmare. The "Highway 245 Scenic Tourism Corridor" is planned right outside his home in Bullitt County. Its purpose is to enhance tourism and the natural scenic value.

The Jim Beam Distillery is just miles from his home.

“For someone to come through just to create a bourbon trail that’s aesthetically pleasing for people to come off the highway to show them how their bourbon is made,  it’s going to get to the point where they'll condemn us and then try to force us out and only give us maybe what our taxable value is,” Thompson said.

Thompson says he has about $500,000 tied up in his property and now he could lose a large chunk of his land.

“They're wanting to put their easement right against my bedroom window and depreciate the value of my home when this is the home I took great pride in designing and doing the configuration,” Thompson said.

But that's not all.  In the planning strategy there are architectural and landscaping guidelines for homes and businesses along the corridor.

“If I leave a weed eater propped against the tree. What are they going to do come by and slap me with a fine?” Thompson asked.

In a statement from Bullitt County, Judge Executive Melanie Roberts says, "I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in strongly desiring the input of all stakeholders concerning Highway 245. As we work together, I’m excited to see the results of this initiative.”

Thompson, however, and other neighbors feel like the county is trying to push them out, but say they won’t go without a fight.

“We just all want to be left alone. Let us live in peace,” Thompson said. “We plan to, we've got too much invested.”

Planning and Zoning officials will hold a meeting Thursday on the third floor of the Nina Mooney Annex Building in Shepherdsville.

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