Washington County Planning Commission briefs

January 09, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Zoning classification would allow Pinesburg quarry to expand

The Washington County Planning Commission has recommended a zoning classification that would allow a quarry to expand.

The owners of Pinesburg Quarry near Williamsport have proposed expanding the 180-acre open-pit mine.

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. wants to rezone about 77 acres near Md. 68 and Bottom Road, west of the existing quarry.

The planning commission voted 4-1 Monday to recommend an industrial mineral overlay on property zoned agricultural rural.

The recommendation will go to the Washington County Commissioners, who decide on zoning changes.

Planning commission member Sam Ecker cast the only vote against the proposal. He said he was concerned about how local farmers would cope if there was a problem with the water supply.

A good chunk of Monday's discussion was about the applicant coming up with an acceptable emergency plan. The deadline for the applicant to react was cut from 24 hours to 12 hours, which Ecker said was more reasonable for farmers who must have water for their livestock.


Commission members made their positive recommendation contingent on an emergency plan that suited farmers, but Ecker said he needed to see specific details before he would vote in favor.

Plans for two wireless communication towers OK'd

Site plans for two wireless communication towers were approved Monday by the Washington County Planning Commission.

One, a 160-foot monopole tower, will be on the east side of St. Paul Street in Boonsboro, according to a county staff report.

Lisa Kelly from the county's planning department said the pole will be designed for four carriers to use, with the ability for local fire and rescue communication service to be added.

The second, a 195-foot lattice tower, will be north of Lappans Road.

Kelly said it will be designed for six carriers.

Hunters Green warehouse complex site plan approved

A warehouse complex proposed for the Hunters Green Business Center received site-plan approval Monday.

Liberty Property Trust of Malvern, Pa., has proposed putting up two warehouse and office buildings - one measuring about 1.1 million square feet, the other about 550,000 square feet.

The complex would be on the east side of Newgate Boulevard.

Jason Divelbiss, an attorney representing the applicant, told the Washington County Planning Commission that there is a tenant in mind, but there is no agreement yet.

Planning commission member James F. Kercheval, who also is a Washington County commissioner, suggested that the developer look into state money available for putting in a solar-power roof.

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