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Technical Training School Proposed for Area Along AA and Carthage Road

Aerial view of the proposed school site (left of AA and above Carthage. (Google Maps image)

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by Robin Gee

The Campbell County & Municipal Board of Adjustment will meet on Tuesday, July 20, to consider a conditional use request for a proposed private technical school to train people on small industrial equipment.

The area in question is along AA Highway and Carthage Road and is currently zoned Agriculture 1 (A-1). David Martin, owner of Martin Solutions, LLC, has made an application to have his school be permitted within the zone.

About 26 acres of unimproved land is located at that site, but it is subdivided into 10-acre parcels. The school is proposed for one 10-acre parcel. The surrounding area includes both agricultural and residential zones.

The initial plan

View of proposed school location. Green rectangle is outdoor building. Main school building will be in front and closer to the street.

The applicant submitted a site plan and a five-year business plan along with letters from area businesses in support of this training for employees. The school building itself will be approximately 40 feet by 80 feet with three classrooms, two offices, a reception area, lobby, restrooms and utility room. The plan for the property also includes a pole-barn building to house equipment for outdoor training and a parking lot.

The parking lot plan as submitted does not show individual parking spaces but it is 125 feet by 100 feet. County requirements are one parking space for two students plus one for each employee, about 16 to 18 spaces. County staff estimated the lot would accommodate 30 spaces for standard-sized vehicles.

The Board of Adjustment could approve the use with conditions if they choose. To grant approval, the board must determine:

  • That the proposed use at the particular location is necessary or desirable to provide a service or facility which will contribute to the general well-being of the neighborhood or the community.
  • That such use will not be detrimental to the health, safety or general welfare of persons residing or working in the vicinity, or injurious to property or improvements in the vicinity
  • That such use will comply with any regulations and conditions in this ordinance for such use.

County staff recommended approval to the board based on the above criteria. 

Rendering showing proposed school building, parking area and outdoor training building.

Reaction to the plan

Some residents in the nearby community along Carthage Road across from the proposed school have expressed concerns about the project. One resident, Kendal Tallon, set up a Facebook group to inform her neighbors and to invite them to attend the Board of Adjustment meeting.

"I am not against having a technical school built in Campbell County,” she said in a post explaining her concerns. “I’ve worked many years in school systems around Campbell and Kenton County... A technical school to learn how to operate machinery is a great thing. I am against having a school built directly across Carthage of myself and my family. For some of my friends/neighbors this will be their backyard/side yard. The driveway of the school’s parking lot will be directly across from my driveway and my home."

To show how close the proposed school is from her property, Kendal Tallon took this photo of the property from the end of her driveway, she said.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, in the Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth Street in Newport.

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