The Triple S Planning Commission in Shelby County will hold a public meeting on Tuesday as commissioners consider the development plan of another new distillery proposed for the county.
The plan calls for a 30,000-square-foot distillery on 184 acres of agriculturally zoned property near Waddy.
Just south of Interstate-64 at Bardstown Trail and Buzzard Roost Road, the proposed facility would also feature a 2,600-square-foot visitor’s center, two 20,000-square-foot warehouses and an additional eight 20,000-square-foot warehouses to be developed at a later date.
Judith Hollis, chief executive of Hollis Jones & Associates, said several developers were working together on the proposed distillery, which is in a very preliminary stage.
Hollis said they had the option to purchase the property pending the outcome of the meeting.
“From that point, then we will probably, first quarter of next year, begin construction.”
Hollis said she was unable to elaborate on a possible timeline, however.
“[We] are waiting for the zoning commission hearing,” she said, noting they also have a hearing scheduled in January for state tax incentives.
“We are looking also at another piece of property in Indiana — so it would really depend on the state tax incentives.”
She noted, however, that Shelby County is the first choice.
“That area is our preferred area. We’re Kentuckians, but we have to go to who makes us the best offer,” she said, adding that if all goes through well, activity should be expected by midyear.
Hollis said the owners planned to make both bourbon and rye whiskey.
“We’re advocates for premium and super-premium products,” she said.
A notice of a public hearing went out to adjoining property owners two weeks ago.
Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke noted that despite the fact that there is no zone change required, this type of development plan calls for the opportunity for adjoining property owners to voice their thoughts on the matter.
“It’s not really a public hearing, it’s a public meeting,” he said, explaining that when the county wrote the distillery allowances into ordinance, they noted the property must have at least 100 acres, must set aside 25 percent of the property for conservation or agricultural use and requires adjoining property owner notices and a public hearing.
In addition, developers are required to have a traffic study done on the proposed plan, if necessary.
Libke said based on the traffic flow, the plan for this particular distillery did in fact call for a traffic study, which he said has been completed.
And though there is a request to waive the curbing requirements to maintain the rural feel of the area, Libke said the overall plan would likely pass.
“I don’t see any reason why [it wouldn’t],” he said. “The traffic study came back good. All the agencies have already signed off on it. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be [approved]. It meets all the criteria for a distillery in the ag zoning district.”