Paris residents upset after city rezones golf course for industrial use


PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Paris City Commission has rezoned a golf course for light industrial use, despite objections from the city’s Planning Commission and a lot of people who live near the course.

Many of those same people are frustrated with the city, saying they feel like they’ve been left out of the process, don’t have a say and have no idea what Paris plans to do with the property.

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“Every time we’ve written a City Commissioner or talked to someone in person, it’s very secretive, they won’t tell us who or what it’s going to be,” said Mary Ann Hayes who lives in a neighborhood next to the Stoner Creek Golf Course.

According to a letter on the city’s website, the city is marketing to potential buyers as an “industrial development location.”

“They’re going to be tearing up the golf course and putting buildings, concrete, and all the water runoff. I’d say about 60-percent of the trees will be gone, all the green space would be gone,” said Paris resident John Vance.

Neighbors say they’re concerned with pollution and flooding since much of the golf course is located on a flood plain. They hope to seek legal action in the near future.

ABC 36 News reached out to the city for comment, but as of this writing, had not heard back from anyone.