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Charles Town council OKs two annexations

January 19, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town City Council members on Tuesday night reviewed four proposed land annexations and gave preliminary approval to two.

Charles Town Attorney Peter Chakmakian outlined two proposed annexations that he said would be presented to the council.

The first proposal by Augustine Associates LLC involves 28 acres near the intersection of Augustine Avenue and the Charles Town Bypass. Chakmakian said the site is being considered for commercial development.

The second annexation being proposed by James O. Buchanan would involve about nine acres off Summit Point Road adjacent to the Huntfield development. The site is being considered for low-density residential development, Chakmakian said.

A new high school is being built in the area and a new Jefferson Memorial Hospital is being proposed there, too. Councilman Matt Ward said he would like to see pedestrian access between all of the areas.

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In other annexation action, the council passed a first reading of an annexation by Charles Town Limited Partnership that would dedicate about 15 acres to commercial development near Prospect Avenue. Other development planned there includes apartments, Chakmakian said.

The council also approved the first reading of the annexation of the Windmill Crossing development near U.S. 340 and Marlowe Road that involves at least 39 acres. Windmill Crossing will consist of 14 commercial lots and 66 condominiums, officials said.

The council must approve two readings of annexations in order for them to go into effect.

Charles Town and neighboring Ranson, W.Va., have annexed hundreds of acres in recent years and annexations at times have generated criticism from county officials, who said it is hard to plan the county's growth with the cities expanding their boundaries.

Recent changes in state law have made the annexation process easier, officials have said.

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