City's Zip Line Dispute Continues

Mar 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A dispute over zoning and zip lines has led to Lexington city government to issue a warning to the owner of Boone Creek Properties over zip lines constructed on his property. Burgess Carey has 30 days to remove the zip lines or face fines, according to officials.

The disagreement began more than a year ago when Burgess Carey applied for permission to expand his private fishing club to include, among other things, hiking, mountain biking, and zip lining.

"And that was denied by the Board of Adjustment for Lexington-Fayette County, who has jurisdiction over approving such conditional uses in the agricultural zone," says Chris King, the city’s Division of Planning Director.

"So, based on our investigation we felt that what Mr. Carey was currently doing on the property was akin to what had been denied by the board and therefore we have issued him a notice of violation," he says.

King says Carey has the right to appeal the division’s interpretation or request additional conditional use permits from the Board of Adjustment. Carey did file an appeal disputing the rejection of his 2011 permit for the expanded recreational facility, but it is still pending.