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City Council briefs

July 29, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

City adopts changes to off-street parking


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday adopted some changes to the city's zoning rules, some of which affected off-street parking areas.

The changes include requirements that off-street parking include some landscaping that "prevent or minimize the adverse effects of the parking lot" on adjacent properties.

The new rules also set new standards for site plans for areas larger than 2,500 square feet, including how drawings should be presented and what types of trees should be used along streets and parking lots.




Time limits sought for zoning appeals


The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to introduce amendments to the city's zoning rules regarding time limits for appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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If adopted, the appeals board would have to hear an appeal within 45 days of the filing date.

The proposed changes also would set a limit of 30 days to appeal a notice of violation of the city's zoning ordinance. The appeals board would dismiss any cases not filed within the guidelines.

The changes are scheduled for an Aug. 24 vote.




Traffic patterns change on two alleys


The Hagerstown City Council adopted two resolutions resulting in the change of traffic patterns for two city alleys.

One alley is known only as Alley No. 2-25. The alley splits the block surrounded by West Washington, Summer, Concord and Ross streets, running between Summer and Ross streets in the city's West End.

The resolution designated a small portion of the alley as one-way. The one-way portion begins at Summer Street and ends mid-block at another unnamed alley.

A second alley, known as Alley No. 1-57, splits the block surrounded by West Church, Alexander, Forest and Winter streets. The alley runs from Winter to Alexander streets.

Traffic is now prohibited to enter the alley from Alexander Street.




'Big-box' stores have new rules to follow


The Hagerstown City Council adopted new rules Tuesday governing "big-box" stores.

The changes to the zoning rules are directed at stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe's, which are placed in large-scale shopping centers and are associated with heavy traffic.

The new rules recommend two-story instead of one-story construction, and require new buildings to incorporate construction practices that lower impact on residents.

For instance, loading docks, truck parking and outdoor storage are required to be out of view from adjacent properties and public streets.

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