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Planning commission briefs

April 01, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Zoning retention recommended


If a 52-acre property along Haven Road that currently is in Washington County is annexed into the City of Hagerstown, it should retain the high-density residential zoning it has in the county, the Hagerstown Planning Commission recommended Wednesday.

The recommendation goes to the City Council, which makes decisions about annexations.

The property in question is the site where a developer, Dewey-Jordan Inc., plans to build a town house-style development, but limiting the number of homes to 450. The zoning rules could allow more than 1,000 units, City Planning Director Kathleen Maher said.

While the commission members had questions about road access to the proposed housing development, Commissioner James Stone said the developer had proposed a development much smaller than it could have been.

Commission Chairman Douglas Wright Jr. said there's another benefit to annexing the land. If the city annexes the land, it brings the city line adjacent to county land owned by Mack Trucks Inc.

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Some of that land is poised for development, and annexing the residential land allows for the possibility of annexing the Mack land, Wright said.

Girls Inc. to relocate noisy equipment


A city man who lives next to a recreation center in the city's West End said he's pleased with a plan to move a heating and cooling system farther from his home.

Howard Palmer, who lives on Winter Street, told the Hagerstown Planning Commission he had come to an agreement with Girls Inc. over the problem, but asked for a speedy resolution.

Palmer said Wednesday night he recently bought his home on Winter Street, before a Girls Inc. project was complete, but after he understood the project wouldn't infringe on his home.

But as the Girls Inc. project on Washington Avenue continued, a noisy heating and cooling system was built last fall "9 feet from my bedroom window," Palmer said.

Palmer said he went to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals with complaints. He and Girls Inc. came to an agreement this week.

Roger Bain, a local attorney representing Girls Inc., told the Planning Commission that the heating and cooling system would be relocated, placing it about 30 feet from Palmer's house.

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