Planning commission briefs 1/5

February 05, 2002

Planning commission briefs 1/5

A proposal to build 110 townhouses off Poffenberger Road south of Hagerstown cleared a planning hurdle Monday night.

The Washington County Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve a variance that allows the development even though the homes would be along private parking lots instead of on a public street.

Without the variance, the proposed development would not be allowed.

With the variance approved, the development still needs specific site development plans to be approved by the Planning Commission before construction can begin, according to County Planning Director Robert Arch.

The 110 townhouses would be built on property north of Poffenberger Road and about half a mile east of the Sharpsburg Pike.


The property is owned by Hilton Smith, according to Planning Commission documents.

Washington County Board of Commissioners member Bert L. Iseminger, who also sits on the Planning Commission, said the developer should consider putting up a fence between the development and nearby railroad tracks.

Addition of 57 homes approved for Fountainview

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday approved plans for 57 single-family homes in the Fountainview development north of Hagerstown.

One plan shows 29 new homes, and another plan shows 28 homes on adjacent property.

The plans were approved in two separate 5-0 votes by the commission. Commission member Timothy G. Henry abstained from both votes.

The housing development is off Pennsylvania Avenue near the intersection with Showalter Road north of Hagerstown.

Commission gives nod to plan for Popeye's near Valley Mall

A plan for a new Popeye's restaurant near the Valley Mall was approved Monday by the Washington County Planning Commission.

The restaurant would be built on one acre along the west side of Massey Boulevard and off Valley Mall Road.

The Popeye's would be across the parking lot from the main mall building.

The commission voted 5-0 to approve the plan. Commission Vice Chair Robert E. Ernst II abstained from the vote.

Plan for new bank north of Hagerstown gets the OK

A plan for a new First National Bank of Greencastle at the intersection of Maugans Avenue and Shawley Drive north of Hagerstown was approved Monday by the Washington County Planning Commission.

Bank representatives said Monday the plan is to remodel and add to an existing building on that site, which is near Interstate 81.

The commission voted 6-0 to approve the plan.

- Dan Kulin

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