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October 05, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Plan for section of Freedom Hills OK'd

A developer is proposing to build 74 housing units on the north side of Garden View Road in the Maugansville area.

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday voted to approve the final plat plan - Freedom Hills section B - but only after one motion failed.

Admar Custom Homes wants to restrict 52 units so they're sold only to people at least 55 years old. The county is considering the request.

In the meantime, the Planning Commission was divided on how to frame its approval of the final plat plan.

Commission member Terry Reiber made a motion to approve the plan if it complies with the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.


The motion failed 4-3 as some members wanted it to acknowledge the age-restricted housing.

Reiber and commission members Linda Parrish and James F. Kercheval voted in favor. Commission members R. Ben Clopper, George Anikis and Bernard Moser voted against.

Chairman Donald Ardinger also voted no, breaking the tie.

Clopper followed with a motion that accepted the developer's offer of age-restricted housing. It passed 4-3 with the same people voting together.

Duplexes proposed on Eastern Blvd.

A duplex development on the east side of Eastern Boulevard would include 30 semi-detached lots on about 5.9 acres, according to a proposal the Washington County Planning Commission discussed Monday.

The development would be north of Klick Way.

The City of Hagerstown would have to annex the land for the duplexes to get city water service, according to a memo outlining the plan.

Auto body shop proposed in Halfway

Massey Lincoln Mercury Hyundai has proposed building an auto body shop on 2.68 acres on the northwest side of Hunters Green Parkway in Halfway.

Senior Planner Lisa Kelly Pietro told the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday that the building would have 14 bays and 39 parking spaces.

The Planning Commission approved the site plan.

Development discussion tabled

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday voted 5-1 to table discussion of a development planned near Black Rock Golf Course.

Michael C. Thompson, the county's planning director, said there is a lawsuit pending over the preliminary development plan. Thompson said developer Mansoor Shaool is asking the Planning Commission to consider the final development plan.

Some commission members were reluctant to look at the final plan before the court case was decided.

Commission member R. Ben Clopper, who cast the only "no" vote, disagreed. "If the developer asked, we should take a look at it," he said.

Shaool's plan is to build 595 units on the north side of Mount Aetna Road through a planned unit development, which allows a mix of uses.

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