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Planning Commission briefs

August 26, 2010

Public comment open on wind, solar energy



Residents have until Sept. 4 to comment on proposed new regulations for allowing wind and solar energy generators in the City of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown's planning department has proposed updating city code to include language for alternative energy sources, according to Clayton Zug, city planning inspector.

Planning Director Kathy Maher said the city is not overwhelmed with requests for alternative energy permits. Rather, it is updating the city code to prepare for if and when those request start rolling in, she said.

The planning commission opened a public comment period on the proposed changes Wednesday during its regular meeting. Planning Commission Chairman Douglas Wright said no one offered comment.

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Wright said the planning commission will vote in September on recommending the changes to the city council for approval.

Proposed changes to the city code include adding language that outlines the permitting process and limitations for solar collection systems, building-mounted wind energy systems, and large and small wind energy systems.

The proposed amendments are available on the city Web site at http://www.hagerstownmd.org/Plan_Dev/PublicHearings.asp.

Planners agree to subdivide parcel for Sheetz store



The Hagerstown Planning Commission agreed Wednesday to subdivide a property on Eastern Boulevard that Sheetz has eyed for a new store.

Representatives of Sheetz approached the planning commission in June with the concept of a new store in the Kensington Commercial Park at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Professional Court.

A portion of the lot at 190 Eastern Boulevard North that Sheetz is interested in is a stormwater retention basin, Planning Commission Chairman Douglas Wright said.

Wright said the planning commission agreed to subdivide the stormwater basin into a separate lot at the request of Dynacorp, which owns the commercial park.

Sheetz Director of Real Estate Mike LaCesa said previously that Sheetz hopes to present plans for the store as soon as possible.

Concept plans showed a 5,700-square-foot store adjacent to the Kensington Villas.

LaCesa was unavailable for comment Thursday.

-- Kate Alexander

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