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City planners vote to recommend rezoning request

July 24, 1998

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

The Hagerstown Planning Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to recommend the City Council approve rezoning 14.3 acres along Wesel Boulevard from residential to commercial use.

CSX Real Property is asking for the undeveloped land to be rezoned to help spur growth. The 14.3 acres is on the south side of the road east of Nationwide Insurance.

Commission Chairman Doug Wright Jr. said the recommendation was made based on a mistake in zoning the land residential and a change in the neighborhood.

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The land, which is zoned residential, is next to property zoned for commercial and industrial uses as well as a smaller parcel zoned for residential use.

A public hearing on the rezoning request will be held Tuesday during the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting, said Matt Davis, a city planner.

Davis said the council could vote whether to introduce legislation for the rezoning as soon as late August.

Commission members Wright, Jim Stone, Dennis Miller, Fred Nugent and new member David Lyles voted for the recommendation. Member Al Boyer was absent but wouldn't have been able to vote on the matter since he must later consider it as a council member.

Commission member Martha Cornwell resigned this month because she moved outside city limits, officials said. Fred Kramer no longer sits on the commission because his term expired.

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