Planning commission briefs

March 09, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Variance request unanimously denied

The Washington County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to deny a variance request for the subdivision of a property west of Clear Spring.

According to planning documents, Thomas and Wendy Creswell requested the variance at the National Pike site so they could sell a 10-acre lot to finance the completion of a spring water business.

The Creswells needed variances for a proposed 2,610-foot main panhandle and the creation of four panhandle-shaped subdivisions to serve lots on the property, documents state.

Variances are required for any panhandle exceeding 400 feet, planning commission members said.

Planning Commissioner Bernard Moser said he was concerned about the length of the largest panhandle.

"It by far exceeds the length. Lot 5, in my mind, is out of the question," Moser said.

Planning Commissioner George Anikis called it a "cockamamie design."

Variance request to subdivide approved

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a variance request that will allow a Clear Spring-area property owner to subdivide a lot for a family member.


The Planning Commission approved a request by Ed Sweeney, of 9933 Old National Pike near Clear Spring, that will allow for a 1.5-acre subdivision at the property.

Planner Misty Wagner-Grillo said the purpose of the subdivision was for Sweeney's son to build a house on the property.

Although the vote was unanimous, planning commissioner member R. Ben Clopper expressed concerns that granting such a variance might "open up a can of worms."

"We'll see a lot of these coming in here," Clopper said.

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