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Planning Commission recommends annexations

August 11, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

HAGERSTOWN

gregs@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Planning Commission recommended Tuesday that a total of 74 acres be annexed into the city through two separate proposals near the Centre at Hagerstown and South Hagerstown High School, although the commissioners didn't completely agree with one proposal.

One of the two annexation requests would draw 66.6 acres into the city's West End, off U.S. 40, south of the Centre at Hagerstown and straddling Md. 144. The proposal is called the Snook Annexation.

While the proposal asked for the land that would be drawn in to carry residential and commercial zoning, Planning Commission members didn't think that was appropriate.

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"If it was a bigger piece of land, I wouldn't have a problem with it," Planning Commission Chairman Douglas Wright said, referring to the piece of land that would be zoned R2 under the proposal.

But the R2 zoning would allow town houses, Wright said, and an R1, which allows only single-family detached homes is more appropriate for the land. The land is between two housing developments of single-family homes.

The planning commission members also recommended the portion of land south of Md. 144 carry the city's IR zoning designation, which is a light industrial use, rather than the requested C2, or moderate commercial use.

According to city documents, there are no specific plans yet for the land. The land is owned by two separate companies, West Washington Street One LLC of Williamsport and Merritt F. P. LLC of Baltimore.

The second annexation proposal, known as the Crampton Annexation, would place 36 apartment homes on South Potomac Street across from South Hagerstown High School.

The land is owned by LTP LLC of Funkstown.

The Planning Commission agreed with the recommended zoning, R3.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council, which will decide on the annexations after a public hearing.

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