After five years and multiple lawsuits, the Fayette County Urban County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a zoning change and approved a conditional-use permit for zip line canopy tours at Boone Creek Outdoors.
Boone Creek, which is run by Burgess Carey, was ordered to cease offering canopy tours in 2013. According to the motion for the injunction, the company was violating a conditional-use permit that was granted in 2000 for Carey to start a fishing club on his property.
Carey is not able to open for business yet. However, the zone change now goes to the Lexington Urban County Council for final approval. The council has 90 days to vote on the zone change and another public hearing can also be held in front of the council.
As a result of Carey’s efforts, several changes have been made to zoning ordinances in Fayette County to make it clear where adventure and recreation businesses can operate.
There are currently seven zip lines on the property, with plans calling for eight and a children’s area with low ropes for kids who are not tall enough for the traditional canopy tour.
Boone Creek hopes to re-open in late spring.