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Commissioners OK Martin Marietta rezoning

November 14, 2000

Commissioners OK Martin Marietta rezoning



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


For the second time in less than a year, the Washington County Commissioners voted on a rezoning sought by Martin Marietta Materials Inc.

This time, the County Commissioners approved the request on a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner John L. Schnebly opposed.

In December 1999, the Washington County Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny the rezoning request for a Boonsboro limestone quarry, at least in part to send a message over a zoning violation.

Martin Marrieta appealed the decision to Washington County Circuit Court, which sided with the company.

The July 31, 2000, court decision said the commissioners cited insufficient reasons for the action and should not have made prior zoning violations a consideration in their decision.

During the December discussion, Schnebly said he wanted to send the company a message because it violated the county zoning ordinance by mining on land where it was not permitted.

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Martin Marietta Materials Inc. had requested an industrial mineral floating zone be added to the existing agricultural designation for 186 acres around the quarry on 20301 Benevola Church Road.

The Raleigh, N.C.-based company said it wants the industrial mining overlay in order to use the land for office and processing facilities, storage of materials and berm construction.

The Washington County Planning Commission endorsed the rezoning request.

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