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Hancock briefs

September 13, 2007

Residents voice issues with zoning



HANCOCK - Two citizens discussed concerns about the proposed zoning ordinance Wednesday evening during a public hearing during the Hancock Town Council meeting.

Maryland is growing at an incredible rate, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

"Yes, growth has come to Hancock," he said.

Controlling growth through a zoning ordinance is important so that Hancock can retain its character, he said.

The zoning ordinance is flexible and capable of being amended, according to planning commission members.

The new zoning district map shows a rural development district, a general commercial district, a town residential district, a town center district, a suburban residential district and an employment center district.

The town center district is mostly commercial while the employment center is for big industry.

Wes Lidie expressed concern that zoning would reduce the value of his property on Maryland Avenue because it wouldn't allow for a single-family home to be built in that area.

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Murphy said reducing property value was a concern, and the council would consider the situation.

Another public hearing about the proposed zoning ordinance is to be held at next month's town council meeting.

Zoning is not retroactive.




Council announces holiday events



HANCOCK - With holidays coming up in the next few months, the Hancock Town Council announced two event dates at its Wednesday night meeting.

The Halloween parade will be Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Hancock's trick-or-treat date will be set at a later date.

The town's tree-lighting will be Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. in the area of the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy announced.

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