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Planning Commission OKs Collegiate Acres' final plats

March 31, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday conditionally approved final plats for 88 town houses and single-family homes as part of the Collegiate Acres development.

The plats approved Wednesday include 43 single-family homes and 45 town house lots, according to information provided by Stephen R. Bockmiller, development planner and zoning administrator for the City of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Planning Commission member Kristin B. Aleshire voted against the plat approval after reading excerpts of comments submitted by the Washington County Public Schools system. The school system's letter indicated the elementary school in the attendance area of the development can not accommodate the additional students it will create.

Bockmiller said the plats would not be subject to the adequate public facilities ordinance introduced Tuesday night by the City Council, and only the City Engineer and State Highway Administration still have conditions for approval.

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In response to Aleshire's reading of the schools' comments, fellow member Martin E. Brubaker said he believed the Hagerstown Planning Commission had no right to deny to approval.

"We don't have a legal hat .. any legal hook to hang our hat on in that regard," Brubaker told Aleshire.

According to City Planning Director Kathleen Maher, 298 preliminary plats have been approved for the development between Salem Avenue/Md. 58 and Maugansville Road. About 25 other final plats already were approved, Maher said before the commission met.

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