LETTER: There’s no need for additional housing in Woodlawn Springs

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To the editor,
I live in Woodlawn Springs subdivision located just north of Bardstown. According to officials with the Bardstown-Nelson County Planning Commission, the Chris Osborne family is currently making a proposal to sell their failing golf course located here in order to put single family homes, condominiums and possibly apartment complexes on the property.
It is my opinion that the Osbornes paid too much for the golf course when they bought it near the end of the golf craze in Nelson County, and everywhere really. I believe this is their last-ditch, almost desperate effort to recoup their money.
My wife and I moved to Woodlawn Springs in 2010 because we found a nice home in a good subdivision located close to town. The golf course was just an added bonus. Now we have been told by people in the know that planning and zoning does not take certain things into account when considering this type of proposal.
We were told things like traffic congestion, increase in crime rates and the possibility of lowered property values are not taken in to consideration. The commission is more focused on things such as existing infrastructure in the area. I believe that is why a lot of people have a bad taste in their mouth when it comes to planning and zoning, because things like traffic congestion and lower property values are the exact things homeowners care about deeply.
I am not a developer, but I don’t believe there is a great need for additional housing here. There are at least four houses and several empty lots available for sale in this subdivision right now. There are several apartment complexes just across the street located at the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Filiatreau Lane. Traffic congestion is already terrible in the morning and afternoons because of Nelson County High School and employees trying to get to and from work at the American Greetings Plant.
I fully understand that if you don’t live in Woodlawn Springs this issue is not important to you, but maybe it should be. You never know when something like this might come up in your neighborhood.
Nelson County is a beautiful and historic community and I know all of us want to keep it that way for years to come.
Randy Burba