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Commissioners set moratoriun vote date

The Washington County Commissioners plan to vote Oct. 29 on the county's proposed moratorium that would limit growth in rural ar

The Washington County Commissioners plan to vote Oct. 29 on the county's proposed moratorium that would limit growth in rural ar

October 23, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commissioners said Tuesday they would vote on Oct. 29 on the proposed moratorium that would limit growth in rural areas.

The commissioners said they were trying to determine when the discussion would take place and whether it would be held at Clear Spring High School or the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said he expected a large crowd to turn out for the vote.

Commissioners Vice President Paul L. Swartz said the meeting should take place at night so the public would be able to attend.

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The commissioners said they would not accept additional public comment at the meeting.

The moratorium would apply to residential subdivisions of six or more lots on land outside the designated Urban or Town Growth areas where growth is encouraged. It would not apply to the issuance of building permits, Planning Director Robert Arch said.

It also would not apply to subdivisions that have been accepted for filing by the planning department.

It would apply to developers who have had preliminary discussions with the planning department but whose plans have not been accepted for filing, Commissioner Bert Iseminger said.

The commissioners held a public hearing on the issue last Thursday, which attracted about 150 people.

The 27 people who spoke at the hearing were about evenly divided on whether they supported or opposed the moratorium.

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