Annexation resolutions introduced by council

June 08, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council introduced resolutions at its meeting Tuesday that could lead to the annexation of two properties just beyond the town's borders and more residential development.

The council officially introduced annexation resolutions for what it identifies as "The Gardenhour Annexation Parcel" and "The Tracey Annexation Parcel."

According to town documents, the Gardenhour property is 24 acres near the northeastern border of Smithsburg.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and Town Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said there is a proposal to build at least 24 single-family homes on the property.

According to documents, the Tracey property includes 2.3 acres near the town's southeastern border.

Myers and Martin said at least a dozen multiple-story town houses are planned for that site.

The council did not vote on or discuss either annexation request at length Tuesday.

A public hearing on both annexation requests is scheduled for June 29 at Town Hall.


Several months ago, town officials began discussing and working on an annexation agreement guide to establish a uniform response to requests, based on size.

The guide is among several efforts to control growth in a town that U.S. Census numbers, released in 2001, identified as the fastest-growing municipality in Washington County.

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