Hurstbourne Officials Say They've Been Left Out Of Development Process

By James Zambroski

(LOUISVILLE) -- A $250,000 traffic study that looks at the Shelbyville Road/Hurstbourne Lane corridor has city officials in Hurstbourne upset because they say they've been shut out of the process. The city plans to take its own steps to control traffic in their town that borders major development near Oxmoor Mall. WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski reports.

Hurstbourne city officials say the traffic study to be released Monday does little to alleviate their concerns about grid lock in the upscale neighborhoods surrounding the Oxmoor farms project and a research facility planned for UofL's Shelby Campus.

Hurstbourne city officials say they already experience gridlock on city streets during holiday shopping at Oxmoor.

They're upset that the new study does little to address their concerns about traffic coming into and leaving their city, when the Oxmoor Farms project begins to take shape.

"You can't take a piece of land that size and just isolate it and not do anything with it," said Hurstbourne resident Richard Eberenz. "I mean, it's not going to be farmland forever."

Development of the old Oxmoor farm near Interstate 64 and a similar, large scale project at the Shelby campus on the other side of the city of Hurstbourne, has officials upset because they say traffic impact on the fourth class city has not been studied.

City administrator Ronald J. Howard says "the city of Hurstbourne has never been privileged to have any type of study that gives us any indication  of what to expect."

That despite the expected release Monday night of a $225,000 study of traffic in the Shelbyville Road/Hurstbourne Lane corridor by the metro planning commission.

City officials say they've been left out of planning by metro government and the developer, so they've decided to take action on their own.

"Those concerns have caused the city to move forward to start the process of closing streets," Howard said.

City officials will try to deny the developer access to Linn Station Road and Lyndon Lane, major arteries at both ends of the project. City residents we spoke with have mixed feelings about it.

"I think that most of the people that are complaining, they should have gave more thought to it, what they bought when they bought their land."

Beth Boeckmann says "they promised us a road that would take all the traffic away from our subdivision, that would lead straight to Hurstbourne Lane."

Dick Boeckmann, who has lived in the area for 19 years, doesn't think the city can stop the development.

Closing city streets is a multi-step process, part of which includes convincing the planning commission that it's a good idea. Typically, in situations like this, the affected city and the developer, along with metro government will come together to find a solution that benefits everyone.

Online Reporter: James Zambroski

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