Thrasher to present fiscal court with zoning change to limit size of rehab clinics

Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 — Don Thrasher, the Republican candidate for Nelson County judge executive, will ask Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday morning to consider an admendment to county zoning regulations that would limit the size of any rehabilitation center located in Agricultural zoning to serving no more than 16 clients.


The move follows the community meeting last Thursday about the drug rehab clinic that has been proposed for the old Cox’s Creek school building on Old Louisville Road. At that meeting, Thrasher said he would propose a zoning amendment to eliminate or limit the size of rehabilitation facilities located in areas zoned Agricultural.

In an email that accompanied the draft ordinance, Thrasher explained that his ordinance gives a “definite limitation on rehabs of all kinds, not just ‘drug rehabs,’ so it does not discriminate.”

Thrasher’s email stated that by setting a number it would eliminate chances that a decision by the Nelson County Board of Adjustments to limit the number of clients the rehab can serve would be challenged as discriminatory.

Due to the holiday, Judge Executive Dean Watts was unavailable for comment on Thrasher’s proposal.

Changes to the county’s zoning regulations typical must first be reviewed and approved by the planning commission prior to final  approval by the appropriate local governments.


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