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Planning panel votes down zoning change in Sandy Hook area

The Washington County Planning Commission denied a couple's request for a rural residential zoning designation for the 24-acre s

The Washington County Planning Commission denied a couple's request for a rural residential zoning designation for the 24-acre s

April 08, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Hinting that a 24-acre site in the Sandy Hook area never should have been rezoned from conservation to business general more than 20 years ago, the Washington County Planning Commission voted Monday night not to recommend it now be changed to residential rural.

"If there is any change, it should go back to conservation," said commission member George Anikis, adding that he knows that's not going to happen.

The 23.93 acres proposed for the zoning change is owned by Sylvia and William Martin, who have asked that the land along the south side of Keep Tryst Road, east of U.S. 340 and north of Sandy Hook Road, be rezoned from business general to rural residential.

The rural residential zoning classification allows properties to be developed at a density of two single-family dwelling units per acre or two, two-family dwellings per acre, according to county documents.

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At a March 10 public hearing, Washington County residents and preservation groups spoke against a proposed rezoning request that would make way for a 34-home development.

Commission member Ben Clopper said at Monday night's meeting that he went to the site and found a problem with traffic. Trying to get across U.S. 340 from Keep Tryst Road was "scary," Clopper said.

But commission member Donald Ardinger scoffed at traffic as a reason to vote down any new development. He warned that if not houses, there could be a truck stop or worse under the current zoning.

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