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Growth on hold

December 13, 2006|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday put off granting "express approval" for the annexation of more than 800 acres into the Town of Boonsboro.

Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Kristin B. Aleshire said they wanted more information about how development on the land in question would affect school capacities, the water and sewer system, public safety and other basic services.

Without express approval, development that's inconsistent with the county's Comprehensive Plan may not take place on the property for five years, county officials said. After five years, the land may be developed regardless of the Comprehensive Plan, according to information provided by the county.

The properties proposed for annexation to Boonsboro are:

· 94.36 acres along U.S. Alternate 40 north of town

· The 70.25-acre Eleanor Lakin property on the north side of Lappans Road

· The 41.64-acre Flook property on the south side of Lappans Road

· 214 acres west of Graystone Hills

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· The 388.32-acre King Road Associates property which is east and west of King Road, south of Potomac Street and west of Md. 67 (Rohrersville Road)

· The 5.51-acre Shepherd property, which is surrounded by the King Road Associates property, according to information from the county.

Kercheval also said he wanted to hear what the public has to say on the matter before deciding whether to support an express approval. The town is holding a public hearing on the proposed annexations Dec. 18.

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