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City seeking input on Jonathan Street zoning

October 03, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Residents on and around Jonathan Street will have a chance to shape their neighborhood's zoning.

As part of a citywide comprehensive rezoning effort, the city of Hagerstown will hold a public forum Wednesday at the Martin Luther King Center at 131 W. North Ave. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Maher, the city's planning director, said the Jonathan Street neighborhood, which has a variety of zoning districts, is one of two "special planning areas" in Hagerstown.

The city distributed questionnaires in the neighborhood, asking people what changes they might like, such as allowing new businesses or limiting industrial operations.

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Those who don't attend the meeting may submit comments in writing before then.

A map shows the Jonathan Street special planning area's boundaries roughly as

o Church Street to the south

o Railroad tracks and Burhans Boulevard to the west

o Pennsylvania Avenue and Prospect Avenue to the north

o Boward Street and Bethune Avenue to the east

The questionnaire says the area includes portions zoned for industrial, medium- and high-density residential, office and mixed uses.

The last time the city was comprehensively rezoned was in 1977, according to Maher's letter to nonresidential property owners in the Jonathan Street area. The city wants to hear how they are using their property.

The first phase of the current comprehensive rezoning looked at the downtown and south end. Phase II is the east side of the city and phase III is the west side.

The special planning areas are in phase IV, which the city's planning commission expects to discuss this month or in November, Maher's letter says.

She said the city's only other special planning area is in the east end, around Washington County Hospital. Dual Highway, Eastern Boulevard and Frederick Street are part of the perimeter of that area.

The city isn't holding a public forum there, but property owners have responded to letters the city sent, Maher said.

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What: Jonathan Street neighborhood forum on city rezoning project

When: Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., Hagerstown

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