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Campbell County Takes Steps to Become More Business-Friendly

The Campbell County Fiscal Court took steps Wednesday night toward making the zoning regulations and restraints on small businesses less complex.

Director of Planning and Zoning Cindy Minter presented a first reading and gave a brief presentation on some of the proposed changes to regulations, particularly for home-based businesses, which aim to keep small businesses from moving out of the county.

Commissioners and citizens in attendance agreed with Minter that the changes were necessary because the current codes are outdated, overly complicated, and cumbersome to business owners.

“I think this is commendable. This goes hand in glove with Governor Matt Bevin’s review of the regulations that the state of Kentucky puts on businesses,” said Commissioner Brian Painter. “We need a business-friendly environment in Campbell County. What the commission has done is looked at what’s happening out there, taken testimony, and figured out what’s reasonable."

Several of the changes in the plan pertain to the parking that businesses are required to provide, and what constitutes an agricultural or home-based business. The proposal’s second reading will be held at the fiscal court’s next meeting in two weeks.

The court unanimously approved several pay raises for Campbell County police officers. The pay increases were scheduled for this month when the county signed a four-year agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police back in June 2015.

The court also unanimously passed a proposal to place a stop sign at the intersection of Ripple Creek Road and Keating Drive in Cold Spring and to reduce the speed limit on the county side of Ripple Creek to 20 miles per hour, matching the speed limit on the other half of the road, which is owned by the City of Cold Spring.

The Campbell County Fiscal Court will meet again on Wednesday, August 17 at the Campbell County government building in Newport. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Written by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor