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Planning Commission suggests nixing rezoning proposal

August 06, 2002|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Planning Commission recommended Monday night that the County Commissioners reject a proposal to rezone 23 acres in the Pleasant Valley area that would make room for 34 homes.

The proposed rezoning would change the designation of the land on Keep Tryst Road at U.S. 340 from business general to residential suburban.

The Planning Commission voted 4-0 on the action, saying they didn't think a residential suburban designation was the appropriate classification for the land. They did not recommend which designation they thought would be appropriate.

Planning Commission member Bert Iseminger abstained from the vote because he's also a county commissioner and will be part of the final determination. Commission members George Anikis and Timothy Henry were absent.

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The land is owned by Williams and Sylvia Martin.

Residents have opposed the move, saying it would change the rural character of the area, cause traffic problems on U.S. 340, overburden the sewer system and hurt tourism.

The land is near the Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal and Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park and Civil War battlefields.

Commission member Donald Ardinger said a big part of his decision to recommend the denial of the rezoning was the concerns of residents.

"The people have spoken in this case, and I respect their wishes," Ardinger said.

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