Conservation subdivision plan near Parklands at Floyds Fork revived

Plans for Covington by the Park conservation subdivision have undergone some changes. | Courtesy of Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts PLLC

Developer Long Run Creek Properties has refreshed a proposed subdivision plan and will seek city approval for the project, which at one point was put on hold.

The developer’s attorney, Bill Bardenwerper of Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts PLLC, sent a letter this week to nearby residents informing them that Long Run Creek Properties plans to file an application with the city to construct a conservation subdivision and neighborhood retail center on nearly 300 acres at Taylorsville Lake Road south of Taylorsville Road.

The conservation subdivision called Covington by the Park has been in the works for roughly a decade, but it was abandoned for a while, according Bardenwerper.

“We got into the Great Recession, and that was the end of that,” he said.

Pre-application documents then were filed in early 2016 and withdrawn at the end of that year, according to city records.

However, that was after details in the pre-application caught the attention of residents near the proposed conservation subdivision, located near the Parklands of Floyds Fork. At the time, the plans were calling for 1,391 single-family lots on 448 acres.

The project wasn’t popular with some residents. The Fisherville Area Neighborhood Association stated that it opposed the project because it would increase traffic, would require new sewer lines that could lead to additional high-density development, and would include logging some of the property.

Bardenwerper told Insider Louisville that the development plans still weren’t ready in 2016 and were filed prematurely.

Now, the Long Run Creek Properties is ready to try move forward after altering its original plan to include more conservation space and decreasing the number of single-family lots the development will have.

The latest plans call for 833 lots on 172 acres of land, and a retail center on 19 acres. The center previously was compared to the Tyler Center on Taylorsville Road, which includes a Kroger with a gas station, a bank and several retail stores and restaurants. The developer also is in talks to the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District about extending sewer lines out to the property to service Covington by the Park residents.

According to the new plans, another 263 acres, or 58 percent of the property, would be open space. Bardewerper said Long Run Creek Properties hopes to sell 165 of those open spaces acres to the Future Fund Land Trust, which would ensure that they remain undeveloped.

“People want open space,” Bardenwerper said. “Virtually everything we do now is conservation.”

Pat Durham, executive vice president of Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, told Insider Louisville last year that conversation subdivisions are growing in popularity and that as the city expands its sewer system out Taylorsville Road, more applications for conservation subdivision will likely be filed.