Keedysville residents worried about development

January 07, 1997


Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - Some Keedysville area residents told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday night that they were concerned about a proposed development off Dog Street Road.

The "Trails of Little Antietam" development would affect the availability of water and sewer hookups for existing homes in the Keedysville-Sharpsburg area as well as add to concerns about possible overcrowding at local schools in the near future, some local residents said.

The Washington County Planning Commission might make a recommendation to the County Commissioners at Monday night's meeting about whether to recommend changing the water and sewer district map's boundaries to include the 66 homes in the development that would be outside town limits so the houses would have public water and sewer, said County Commissioner James R. Wade.


The County Commissioners may decide whether to approve a map change in February, Wade said.

Wade told concerned citizens that if they want to keep the area rural they must ask the commissioners to put some "teeth" in the zoning laws.

"When you have a farm, it's really not a farm. It's a housing development waiting to happen," Wade said after the commissioners' joint meeting with town officials from Keedysville and Sharpsburg. Agricultural zoning, which is abundant all over the county, allows one house per acre, he said.

The commissioners were at Keedysville Town Hall to tell officials from the two towns that Keedysville's tax rebate for the fiscal year ending June 30 would be $2,498, while Sharpsburg's tax rebate would be $3,632.

Municipalities get tax rebates from the county's real estate tax for some services the towns provide, said Debra Bastian, the county's director of budget and finance in a telephone interview on Tuesday. The county would have provided the services if the towns hadn't, she said.

For Sharpsburg and Keedysville, those services include maintenance of parks and roads, Bastian said.

Those two towns don't receive a rebate for providing police service because the county provides a deputy for the two towns, she said.

The towns won't actually receive checks for the rebates because their rebates are applied toward the cost of the deputy, Bastian said.

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