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Public hearing set for architectural rules

January 05, 1999

SHARPSBURG - A public hearing will be held in Sharpsburg Town Hall on Monday night for comments on proposed changes to the town's code concerning architectural guidelines.

Some town officials and residents want the town protected against extremes. For example, under current law there is no way to prevent someone from building an A-frame house next to a house with a more historical design.

The Town Council is expected to vote on whether to introduce a law permitting the new guidelines at the 7:30 p.m. meeting.

The council could vote a month later to adopt the proposal as law.

The proposal is for the entire town, not just Main Street.

The proposal sets guidelines for setbacks, encourages front porches on detached single-family homes, says new buildings should be compatible to buildings already in town, and states preferences for exterior building materials.

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Preference would be given to wood, wood siding, stone, brick or contemporary materials that replicate such materials, according to the proposal.

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