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Commission denies panhandle variance

June 07, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously voted to deny variance requests that would allow a fifth lot on a property on U.S. 40 west of Clear Spring.

Thomas and Wendy Cresswell requested variances to allow a panhandle that is designed to be more than double the length allowed by the county to allow stacking of more than two tiers of lots and to have several joined panhandles.

Planning commission Chairman Donald Ardinger, who did not vote on the variance request, said prior to the vote that he was not in favor of that many variances to add a lot to a property, even though the applicant altered previously submitted plans.

Planning member George Anikis said he was concerned that emergency vehicles would have a problem getting to some portions of the property.

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