'No' vote adds new hurdle to GCCS bus depot plan on 10th Street - WDRB 41 Louisville News

'No' vote adds new hurdle to GCCS bus depot plan on 10th Street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Busing kids in Clark County may have just hit a pothole.

A vote Tuesday night may put the brakes on a new bus depot, and in order for the plan to move forward, a piece of land along 10th Street in Jeffersonville would need to be re-zoned. 

That's why it was before the city's plan commission Tuesday.

Greater Clark County Schools wants to put a bus compound at the Clark County Auto Auction site on 10th Street in Jeffersonville. 

Superintendent Andrew Melin says the district's current compound was built in the 1950s and is too small. 

"We determined the property was more centrally located," Melin said about the Auto Auction site. 

But to move into the new facility, it needs to be re-zoned, and the plan has caused push back. 

"In my 22 years of practicing law in Jeff, I've never experienced such a city-sponsored, negative, opinionated and sometimes incorrect characterization of a zoning proposal," said Attorney Alan Applegate, who's representing GCCS. 

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said he was disappointed to hear that argument. 

He has spoken against the proposal in the past, and did again Tuesday night, saying it will bring too much traffic, and the area should be zoned for businesses.

"We're committing $18 million this year to bring new life back to 10th Street," Moore said.

Several others took the podium Tuesday, speaking for and against the plan. 

Jeffersonville's Planning and Zoning director was the last to speak, and he also pushed to prevent the zoning change. 

That sparked a response from the man representing the owners of Clark County Auto Auction. 

"What I'm saying is he did step over the line," Attorney Greg Fifer said during the meeting. 

The city said planning staff can give advice, and in the end, the plan commission sided with some city officials, voting 5-1 to make an unfavorable recommendation to re-zone. 

"I will have to consult with the school board and make sure that I get some direction in terms of how they would like to proceed," Melin said about moving forward with the plan. 

The final decision will be left up to city council. 

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