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Parking-area requirements to be sent back for revision

June 23, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

After a public hearing Tuesday morning on proposed changes to the parking-area requirements in the county's zoning ordinance, the Washington County Commissioners decided to send the matter back to the Washington County Planning Commission for further revision.

The proposed changes are meant to add specificity to the requirements and bring them up to date with current parking needs, senior county planner Jill Baker told the commissioners.

Among the revisions the commissioners requested was the development of a transition policy that would prevent developments already under way from having to make changes to comply with the revised ordinance.

The minimum number of parking spaces required for various types of businesses was another point of concern. Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said he thought some of the proposed minimums -- such as those for pools, daycare centers and campgrounds -- were too low. Meanwhile, a representative of the engineering firm Frederick, Seibert and Associates said the minimum parking requirement for banks seemed too high.

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Aleshire disagreed with several of the recommendations of the planning commission, saying he preferred the versions suggested by planning staff to require shade trees as the primary landscaping plant, to raise the minimum amount of landscaped area from 5 percent of the total impervious area of the parking facility to 10 percent, and to include more specific regulations for nonparking uses in parking facilities.

Proposed changes to the county's subdivision ordinance were also sent back to committee for additional work.

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