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Rose Island Road Neighbor
Rose Island Road Community residents who regularly travel Rose Island Road (KY 3222) are all too aware of the many traffic accidents that are a regular occurrence along the almost 4 miles of hazardous roadway between US 42 and KY 1793. Beyond reported crashes, there are the unreported side-swipes and wheel-off-road episodes with accompanying tire damage and frequent heart-stopping “near miss” events accompanying each opposite direction passing encounter. This was a centerpiece of our opposition to the Rose Island Glen Development for which Planning Comission previous approval has recently been overturned in Oldham County Circuit Court (see below).
Now with the tragic 12 August fatal crash near Oldham Acres Road as a stark reminder that it could have been anyone of us, our neighbors or our family members, the Alliance is refocusing our mission. We are undertaking to elevate awareness of the existing traffic safety hazard that is Rose Island Road to county and state administrators, state legislators, and the KY Transportatio n Cabinet.
We intend to champion safety improvements for and traffic calming measures along Rose Island Road. This is essential considering the ongoing development along this corridor, particularly when considering the nearly 35% increase (1000 car trips per day) that the Rose Island Glen alone (or similar developments) would have added to the hazard of driving on Rose Island Road. This estimate excludes consideration of the increased traffic safety hazard associated with the additional large construction, service and delivery vehicles!
The Alliance will champion acommodations for traffic calming and roadway safety improvements. Of course any changes must be balanced against our shared desire of maintaining the essential beauty and character of this scenic rural road.
Our efforts will be phased in over the near future to include:
On Friday, August 19 the Oldham County Circuit Court vacated (reversed) the May 2021 Planning Commission’s approval of the Rose Island Glen subdivision preliminary plan based on the question of use of septic vs. sanitary (public) sewer lines. Other appeal complaints, in particular the traffic safety hazards on Rose Island Road, were dismsissed.
"As the Plaintiff has established there is no issue of material fact, they are entitled to judgment under the law with regard to the sole issue of approval of the Rose Island Glen subdivision preliminary, including the proposal for individual septic systems, without findings by the Commission that the subdivision was not within ½ mile of a sanitary sewer line. "
“The Oldham County Planning and Zoning approval of the preliminary subdivision plan, PZ-21-010, Rose Island Glen, is vacated and remanded to the Commission for further review consistent with this Order.”
The Judge found in favor of the Rose Island Road Community Preservation Alliance's appeal that the Oldham County Planning Commission did not make a definitive case for approving the use of septic vs. sanitary sewer systems, citing the Oldham County Subdivision Code’s (OSCR4.7) requirement that sanitary sewer “shall” be used if sanitary sewer service is “reasonably accessible” to any portion of the development boundary. The Judge’s interpretation of the Code’s requirement appears to establish a precedent for the current or future developers to follow regarding this land parcel.
The Alliance will continue to vigilantly monitor the Commission’s actions going forward and engage when opportunities are afforded. The full text of the Judge’s ruling is included in the "Resources" section of this webpage and is available through this link:
The Judge’s ruling marks the successful culmination of 15 months of active support, donations, legal appeal activity, and patience from the Rose Island Road community.
Many thanks to the Alliance’s supporters in the Rose Island Road Community
The Rose Island Road Community Preservation Alliance is a not for profit organization staffed by unpaid volunteers dedicated to preservation of the essential character of our community.