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Boonsboro approves multi-residential zone

May 08, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday night unanimously approved a zoning ordinance amendment, which allows townhouses, apartments and condominiums to be built in designated parts of the town.

The amendment creates a multi-residential zoning district, Town Planner Jim Brittain said during a public hearing before the regular town meeting.

Brittain said the Town Council will have the authority to designate the land on which such residential units may be built.

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Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said the new district is necessary to help control growth spilling over from Frederick County, Md.

"It's coming whether we want it to come or don't want it to come," Kauffman said.

In response to a question from a resident, Kauffman said the town will work with the Washington County Board of Education to ensure the potential growth doesn't overcrowd Boonsboro schools.

Brittain said approval of the new district is not a guarantee that developments will start popping up all over town.

"It simply give us the ability to have that type of residential development," Brittain said.

Town Attorney William C. Wantz said the town will have the authority to cite any developers who violate the ordinance.

"If he can't comply, he doesn't get approved," Boonsboro Planning Commission Chairman Bob Snyder said.

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