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Residential rezoning cases on tap Monday

April 30, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Planning Commission may act on two controversial rezoning Monday night but, probably, no further public testimony will be taken, Planning Director Robert Arch said.

The board will hear staff reports and recommendations on a proposed rezoning across from Long Meadow Shopping Center and another along Mt. Aetna Road, Arch said.

The commission will probably vote on the rezoning requests during the meeting, Arch said. It begins at 7 p.m. in the County Administration building.

About 50 people attended public hearings on the rezoning requests at a March 13 Planning Commission meeting.

Evergreen Properties LLC has applied to rezone land near the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Potomac Avenue from business and agricultural to mostly residential.

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The proposed rezoning of about 80 acres north of Hagerstown is a "much less intense use" that would effectively cut potential traffic volume in half, said engineer Malcolm Davis, speaking on behalf of Evergreen, at a public hearing last month.

The company has not made public what its plans are for the property, which is adjacent to the future site of the Hagerstown YMCA.

Eleven people spoke against the request at the March meeting.

Triad Properties wants to convert a 49.5-acre parcel along Mt. Aetna Road, about 3,000 feet east of the Robinwood Drive intersection, from agricultural to residential. The residential suburban zone would allow minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet, while the agricultural zone permits subdivision into 20,000-square-foot lots.

Attorney Kent Oliver, representing the developer, testified along with an engineer that the surrounding neighborhood has changed over time from farmland to an almost entirely residential area.

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