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County Planning Commission briefs

March 16, 2005

Pennsylvania Avenue zoning change sought


At a joint meeting Monday, the Washington County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners discussed a proposed zoning amendment from James R. Remsburg Sr.

The application sought changes on the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue, opposite Showalter Road, near Hagerstown from the existing agriculture zoning to a business local zoning designation.

William C. Wantz, who was representing the applicant, said the change would fit into the pro-business climate of the area.




Smithsburg sewer amendment discussed


At a joint meeting Monday, the Washington County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners discussed an amendment to the water and sewerage plan proposed by the Town of Smithsburg.

The town sought text changes to allow for improvements to the water system inside the town's corporate limits in light of growth in that area.

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The town wants to build a new water storage tank, which would be constructed on Crystal Falls Drive north of Md. 64, to augment the existing water supply, according to planning documents.

Washington County Commissioner William J. Wivell, a Smithsburg-area resident, said the tank would be used primarily as an emergency reserve.




Shank Farms wants urban designation


At a joint meeting Monday, the Washington County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners discussed a proposal from Shank Farms Inc. for designation in the Urban Growth Area of the county's rural rezoning plan.

Shank Farms requested that about 351 acres adjacent to Leitersburg Pike, extending from Longmeadow Road to Herman Myers Road, be included in the growth zone as defined by the Comprehensive Plan for Washington County.

That designation would allow property owners to build four houses per acre. Under its current zoning restrictions, that area would be limited to one house per five acres under the comprehensive plan.

Washington County Commissioner William J. Wivell said several people at Monday's hearing spoke against it because it would allow the potential for too many homes to be built in the area.




Cul-de-sac limits debated at meeting


At a joint meeting Monday, the Washington County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners discussed an amendment to the subdivision ordinance proposed by the planning commission.

The Planning Commission sought to lower the limit of cul-de-sac lengths in the county to 800 feet and limit the amount of dwelling units it can serve to 25.

Washington County Commissioner William J. Wivell said three people spoke against the request during the public hearing. He said they were concerned that those limits were inappropriate and might have more of a negative impact on areas that include large lots.

- Brian Shappell

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