Clear spring rezoning preview

March 08, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Public hearing

  • Proposal is to rezone land around Interstate 70-Md. 68 in Clear Spring.
  • Monday, March 8
  • 7 p.m.
  • Washington County Court House, Court Room #1

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday for a controversial Clear Spring rezoning.

Washington County wants to change land around Interstate 70 and Md. 68 from highway interchange zoning to agricultural, residential and commercial, said Senior Planner Lisa Pietro.

The change would be more restrictive in the types of commercial development allowed.

The proposal stems from a comprehensive interchange rezoning throughout the county, Pietro said. The Clear Spring land is the only section that has not been rezoned.


"This would be a dream if they pass it like this," said Clear Spring Councilman Bill Albowicz. "It looks very fair."

The mayor and the Town Council support the proposal, he said.

Land owner Vincent Groh, however, said the change would unfairly devalue property he owns.

Groh wanted his land on the south side of U.S. 40 zoned Highway Interchange I, which allows for commercial and industrial uses.

More than a dozen Clear Spring residents and business owners spoke against that request at a Jan. 27, 1998, hearing.

The new proposal calls for the land to be zoned agricultural, which would limit commercial development.

Groh said if the county and other residents don't want his property to have commercial development, they should buy it from him.

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