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City to let Commissioners decide on plan for condominiums

June 14, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

The City of Hagerstown will let the Washington County Commissioners decide whether a plan for almost 50 condominiums on East Baltimore Street can move forward without meeting APFO requirements.

The City Council agreed by consensus at its work session Tuesday to allow the County Commissioners to pass judgment on whether the 47-unit Potomac Square development qualifies for the revitalization exemption to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

According to information provided to City Council and Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher, the City Council can waive the APFO if the development under consideration revitalizes an area or provides affordable housing.

Normally, the ordinance allows development only if the facilities exist to serve it.

The Washington County Board of Education will have an opportunity to provide comments about how the Potomac Square development will affect schools, Maher said. If the Washington County Commissioners approve the exemption, the city council will vote on whether to grant the exemption.

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