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Washington Co. Commissioners back Haven Road annexation

January 22, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

HAGERSTOWN ? The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday supported the annexation of 52 acres into the City of Hagerstown.

The county commissioners did not have to vote on the matter but reached a consensus to approve the annexation, which will go before the City Council for a vote.

The owner is proposing a 376-home development on the Haven Road property, which is west of Pennsylvania Avenue near Rest Haven Cemetery.

The land was approved for annexation in 2005 but that decision was reversed when city planners realized the annexation created an enclave around parts of a resident's driveway and backyard.

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Washington County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson said city officials could not convince the resident to annex his property into the city along with the development, so the development's boundaries had to be redrawn.

County planners worry about schools, roads

If the property were left in the county, the zoning would allow denser development, Thompson said.

County planners said they are concerned about school capacity and road maintenance near the property.

While schools near the proposed development are over or near capacity, the city has adopted an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that should address capacity issues, Thompson said.

He also said an agreement should be worked out between city and county officials to maintain Haven Road. He said portions of the road would become city property while other parts would remain in the county.

The county commissioners will include comments on those issues with their letter of support for the annexation.

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