Y2K, rezoning on agenda of public hearing

August 21, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer


Public hearing

- Y2K Compliance Plan.

- Proposed rezoning, Triad Properties, for 36.7 acres along the south side of Mount Aetna Road east of Robinwood Drive from agricultural to residential via annexation.

- Proposed rezoning, ATW Enterprises, the south side of Edgewood Drive from residential to commercial.

- Proposed rezoning MKS Business Park lots 34 and 35, northeast quadrant of intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Conrad Court from residential to commercial.

- Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.

- Hagerstown City Hall

Preparations for the Year 2000 and a controversial annexation and rezoning of 36.7 acres along Mount Aetna Road highlight the agenda for a public hearing scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Hagerstown City Hall.


The city's Year 2000 Compliance Plan includes compiling an inventory of all computer and electronic systems, testing those systems, and evaluating those tests so that the city will have completed its Y2K readiness program by Oct. 1. The city also has formed a Y2K Oversight Committee to coordinate the Y2K preparations.

Citizens will be able to comment on the city's Y2K Compliance Plan during the hearing.

City Light Department Manager Terry Weaver, who also is chairman of the Y2K Oversight Committee, said the hearing is "not intended to be an open hearing on Y2K issues in general."

This will be the second public hearing to consider aspects of the proposed annexation and rezoning of 36.7 acres owned by Triad Properties along Mount Aetna Road.

Tuesday's hearing is necessary because the applicant, Triad Properties, changed the underlying zoning designation it was seeking.

Originally, the applicant requested that the underlying zoning designation, which is now agricultural, be changed to R-2 residential. But after a majority of Hagerstown City Council members said they would instead approve the more restrictive R-1 residential zoning, the applicant changed the request.

At the public hearing "testimony will be limited to support of or opposition to the merits of R-1 (residential) versus R-2 (residential) zoning," said City Economic Development Coordinator Debbie Everhart.

The underlying zoning designation would become a factor only if the land is annexed and current development plans for the property, which are being considered separately, are dropped.

If the annexation and development plan are approved, Triad Properties plans to sell the land to a development partnership headed by Hagerstown developer and builder Wes Churchey.

Churchey has proposed building 230 housing units in brick quads, triples and duplexes on the land, which is surrounded by the Brightwood Acres, Londontowne and Fairway Meadows subdivisions.

Everhart said that all of the testimony from the first public hearing, which drew more than 200 residents, will be made part of the official record.

The public will also be given the chance to comment on two other proposed rezonings. ATW Enterprises has proposed rezoning property along the south side of Edgewood Drive from residential to commercial. And MKS Business Park lots 34 and 35 on the northeast quadrant of intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Conrad Court are also proposed to change from residential to commercial zoning designation.

Anyone who would like to submit written testimony on any of these matters should send their comments to the City Clerk's Office, City Hall Room 200, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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