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Public hearing set for rezoning of Brown-Forman property

Posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

brown_forman_corporate LOGOLYNCHBURG, Tenn. — A public hearing is set for Monday night to discuss the proposed rezoning of property owned by Brown-Forman. The company plans to use part of the property for a parking lot for visitors at Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

The motion to approve the rezoning passed its first reading in May. Now a second reading is required, but first there must be a public hearing. That will take place at the American Legion Building at 6 p.m. on Monday, 30 minutes prior to the Council’s June meeting.

After the public hearing, the second reading of the rezoning will follow during the Council’s regular meeting.

At the May Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council meeting, Steve May, Director of Jack Daniel’s Home Place, asked the Council to rezone 300-plus acres that the distillery recently acquired.

May, representing the distillery, which is headquartered in Louisville, Ky., asked that the land be rezoned from Residential-1 to Commercial-1.

The land, with road frontage along the west side of state Route 55 in front of the Jack Daniel’s Visitor’s Center, runs well behind Lynchburg Elementary School and toward the northwest of the county.

May said the distillery would like to build a parking lot on four to five acres of the property to serve distillery visitors and tourists.

At last month’s council meeting, May was asked if there was a plan in place to build a bridge near the parking lot entrance, to which May said there was not at this time.

“There is actually room underneath that bridge to build something underneath it, but we have no intention of doing that right away,” May said. “If the traffic got so bad that we had to do something, we have the thought that working with the right agencies and all there could potentially be a bridge built there, but there’s really no plan to do that at this time.

“The real plan that we have in place is to pick people up by bus and take them to the visitor’s center and drop them off and pick them up and take them around the town square and drop them off, seasonably, based on our volume.”