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Task force to begin a study of county plan to limit growth

January 28, 2004|by TARA REILLY

A 13-member task force will begin studying parts of Washington County's plan to limit growth in rural areas in February.

The County Commissioners approved the make-up of the task force at Tuesday's meeting.

The task force won't review the part of the plan that drew the most controversy - a proposal to reduce the number of homes allowed in agricultural areas. It will study issues including the type of businesses allowed in rural areas and programs that would help property owners recover if the value of their land decreased as a result of the proposed density changes.

The task force's first report will be made in early May.

The following people will serve on the task force: Dave Herbst, representing the Agricultural Land Preservation Committee; Tom Newcomer, of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; Chuck Ernst, of Citizens to Protect Rights; Jason Divelbiss, a recommendation of the Greater Hagerstown Committee; Debi Turpin, of the Home Builders Association of Washington County; Steve O'Farrell, representing the real estate appraisers; Dick Hopkins, representing Realtors; Don Schwartz, of the Maryland Extension Service and the Farm Bureau; Tom Firey; Dick Cushwa; Harold Phillips, Bob Ernst and Fred Frederick.

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