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Haven Road annexation likely to be delayed

July 20, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

HAGERSTOWN

gregs@herald-mail.com

For the third time in as many months, the proposed annexation of 52 acres into Hagerstown city limits along Haven Road likely will be put off again after a decision Tuesday night by the City Council.

Under the most recent proposed agreement between the city and the developer, Kenneth Jordan, 376 homes would be built on the property. The annexation proposal, however, has been under consideration for several months.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the delay this time rests in questions over the city's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), which can't be settled until the county finalizes its APFO.

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The APFOs are related to recent changes to the county's excise tax. The city can get a portion of the county excise tax if it adopts an APFO similar to the county's once it's finished.

City Planning Director Kathleen Maher said the developer also hopes to get some leniency on new sewer system regulations, which limit the number of homes a developer can build in one year.

While the item will appear on next week's voting session agenda, the council indicated it would unanimously vote to delay action.

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