Hagerstown briefs

March 24, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

City Council repeals 2001 zoning change

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday finalized zoning ordinance changes that will bar commercial development on a piece of land at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Potomac Avenue.

During its voting session Tuesday, the council approved an ordinance repealing a zoning change that was enacted in May 2001. The 2001 zoning change from agricultural use to commercial use had been opposed by a neighborhood group.

A Washington County Circuit Court decision sent the case back to the council for a better explanation about why it approved the zoning change. That decision was upheld on appeal.

The council decided to repeal the 2001 ordinance after reviewing it earlier this year, stating in a document that the applicant, Evergreen Properties LLC, did not prove a need for the zoning change.


Evergreen had planned to put a CVS drug store on the property.

Council OKs sale of business park lot

At its Tuesday voting session, the City Council approved the introduction of an ordinance to sell Lot No. 7 at the Hagerstown Business Park for approximately $92,000.

Hagerstown-based Action Products, which makes medical padding products, already owns one lot at the business park and plans to expand its facilities along Sweeney Drive, company President Troy McKnight said last week.

Zoning ordinance change introduced

A zoning ordinance change to allow townhouses on South Cleveland Avenue passed a procedural step by a narrow vote Tuesday at the Hagerstown City Council's voting session.

A proposal by Williamsport developer Margaret Perini to build 18 townhouses on land currently zoned only for industrial use hinges on the zoning change that was scheduled for introduction Tuesday.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, N. Linn Hendershot and Carol N. Moller voted to introduce the ordinance, while council members Kristin B. Aleshire and Penny M. Nigh voted to table the ordinance.

The zoning change will be up for approval at a later voting session.

Road improvement plan introduced

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the introduction of a plan to pay for street improvements to Eastern Boulevard, which it is estimated will cost the city $2.4 million.

If approved, the ordinance would charge some developers along Eastern Boulevard $1,000 per residential housing permit, and between $3 and $5 per square foot of office, retail, or other nonresidential uses. It is estimated that revenue will pay for half of the project.

Firm to study, develop developers' fees

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a $78,800 contract with Bethesda, Md.-based Tischler & Associates, which is to study and develop fees to be charged to developers that would help pay for impacts on such things as police protection and road improvements.

Council OKs study of nitrogen emissions

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment to begin studying ways to reduce nitrogen emissions from the city's sewage treatment plan as part of the state's Enhanced Nutrient Removal program. The state would pay for 87.5 percent of the study.

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