Washington County briefs

October 02, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Rite Aid plans OK'd

The Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved plans for a Rite Aid pharmacy near the corner of Maugans Avenue and U.S. 11.

The 14,500-square-foot pharmacy would be built on the site of the existing Playland building, which would be demolished.

The commission approved the plans with two conditions: that landscaping buffers on the edge of the property adjacent to houses be increased, and that a planned sidewalk in front of the pharmacy along U.S. 11 be extended to the intersection with Maugans Avenue.

The pharmacy would operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The developers will have to revise the site plans to reflect the commission's conditions before applying for building permits.

Annexation approved

A 30-acre annexation by the Town of Smithsburg was approved with conditions Monday by the planning commission.

The annexation would bring the town's water treatment plant into Smithsburg from the City of Hagerstown.


The commission recommended express approval of the annexation under the condition that the town change the land from business to community-type zoning.

Planning Director Mike Thompson said he was concerned about the possibility of future business development on the land under the town's general business zoning.

The property is not used for anything other than the treatment plant.

The annexation must go before the County Commissioners for final approval.

Restaurant design reviewed

The commission reviewed preliminary plans for a drive-through, fast-food restaurant at the southeast corner of Mount Aetna Road and U.S. 40.

A preliminary design showed a restaurant with a wraparound drive-through with 55 parking spaces across Mount Aetna from Pizza Hut.

The commissioners expressed concern about the developer's buffer plans for the property, which include 15 feet of vegetation and a 6-foot fence between the eastern edge of the property and adjacent houses.

Several commissioners said they would prefer 20 to 25 feet of buffer and an 8-foot fence.

The commissioners also suggested moving a Dumpster away from the eastern edge of the lot near the adjacent homes.

The property's developers will bring revised site plans back to the planning commission for approval.

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