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Tue March 12, 2013
Attorney General Rules Blue Grass Area Development District Not A State Agency
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Attorney General Jack Conway’s office has ruled that the Blue Grass Area Development District, which was set to build a work-training program for ex-felons in Lexington’s River Park neighborhood, is not a state agency.
The River Park Neighborhood Association is praising Conway’s decision, which effectively puts a stop to the Blue Grass Area Development District’s plans by requiring them to follow local zoning regulations. The association had charged that the development district had not been transparent about its plans to build a 6.6 acre ex-offender re-entry program.
Conway’s office said in a statement issued March 8th that the district does not have the authority to directly operate such a program.
An attorney for the development district, Dodd Dixon, told the Lexington Herald-Leader the district board intends to sell the property in question and possibly look for another site somewhere in its 17-county area.