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Commissioners OK change to Rosewood Village PUD

Developer plans to substitute 10 professional buildings for 52 town houses

September 22, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

A developer's proposal to increase the percentage of commercial use in a planned development off Robinwood Drive got the OK Tuesday from the Washington County Commissioners.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to allow the change in the makeup of the Rosewood Village PUD, or Planned Unit Development, which is on the west side of Robinwood Drive between Robinwood Medical Center and Hagerstown Community College.

The development was approved in 1999 for 520 residential units and two commercial areas, but the developer now wants to substitute 10 professional buildings for 52 of the town houses, said Timothy Lung, Washington County's chief planner.

The change would increase the amount of traffic generated by that portion of the development, the developer has said.

Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire voted against approving the change. Aleshire said he didn't have a "huge opinion one way or the other" about the developer's request, but he questioned the reasoning by which the planning commission had referred the request to the county commissioners for approval.

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Commissioner James F. Kercheval, who made the motion to approve the request, said he thought the medical offices were a better fit for the area.

The developer still will have to submit a revised final development plan and site plan, and at that time, any issues related to traffic or utilities will be addressed, Lung said.

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