CAVETOWN -- County staffers have asked the Washington County Commissioners to make a decision Tuesday on a rezoning request that would allow a Sheetz gas station and convenience store to be built at the intersection of Md. 64 and Md. 66 near Cavetown.
The developer, Bowman Cavetown LLC, has asked the county to rezone a 3/4-acre parcel at the southwest corner of the intersection from residential to commercial use to allow construction of the Sheetz.
The rezoning has been under consideration since spring of 2008 and has been the subject of three public meetings. The Washington County Planning Commission held a public meeting on the rezoning request April 21, 2008, and the county commissioners held public hearings on May 19, 2008, and June 15 of this year.
Several nearby residents opposed the rezoning request, arguing that a Sheetz is unnecessary and would increase traffic. They also argued the rezoning would lower property values in the area, particularly on Paden Avenue, a residential street that runs behind the site of the proposed Sheetz.