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NEWS
July 17, 1997
Like Washington County Commissioner Jim Wade, we share a concern about the wide-open nature of agricultural zoning. This week Wade faulted the county board for failing to address the issue. In fact, it is being reviewed by the county's planning commission as part of an update of the county's comprehensive plan that will begin this fall. That rewrite will take up to a year, but it's the right way to ensure all points of view get a fair hearing. Zoning was passed here in the early 1970s with the support of the farm community, which wanted assurances built into the ordinance that if farming ever became unprofitable, farmers could sell their land for other purposes.
NEWS
July 28, 1999
The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to amend a rezoning application for Mount Aetna Road property, which is the subject of a controversial rezoning and annexation request to the city. The amendment would change the underlying zoning designation for the property from R2 to R1. Both are residential zoning designations, but the R1 designation is more restrictive. The change would become a factor only if the land is annexed and development plans for the property, which are being considered separately, are dropped.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 28, 2003
Eighteen residents from the Marsh Pike area have jointly filed an appeal over the Washington County Commissioners' decision to grant a special zoning designation to a developer who has proposed building a nearly 400-unit development in the area. The appeal was filed April 14 in Washington County Circuit Court. William C. Wantz, the attorney for the residents, said Thursday the reasons for the appeal will be made public after they are presented to the court in about 90 days.
NEWS
by ASHLEY HARTMAN | June 12, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A proposal to rezone 15.82 acres west of Frick Avenue and southeast of Prices Church Road was presented at Monday's Washington Township Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Developer and Realtor Ronnie Martin proposed to rezone the area, which is partially in Washington Township, from agricultural to R-1. The land in the Borough of Waynesboro is zoned as residential medium (R-2). Both R-1 and R-2 allow for residential buildings to be built on the land, while agricultural zoning in Washington Township does not. Another issue is that when homes are built in this area, water and sewer customers would be served by Waynesboro and street access would be in Waynesboro, but other services would be from Washington Township.
NEWS
May 23, 2000
The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to rezone 49.5 acres of agricultural land for a housing development off Mount Aetna Road. The property is on the north side of Mount Aetna Road, just east of the Robinwood Drive intersection. It's across the street from the former Miller Farm, which was the subject of a controversial rezoning and annexation into the City of Hagerstown last fall. The rezoning will allow Triad Properties to subdivide the property into lots as small as 10,000 square feet.
NEWS
July 15, 1997
Price tag: $480,000 County's cost of aiding 29 homes southeast of Sharpsburg seen as risk of rural sprawl By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer Replacing an inadequate rural water system that supplies 29 homes will cost Washington County about $480,000, officials said Tuesday. The Elk Ridge subdivision off Chestnut Grove Road southeast of Sharpsburg was built in the 1940s with a private water system, said Water and Sewer Director Greg Murray. The Washington County Sanitary District took over the system in the 1980s after the owners of the system couldn't make loan payments to the federal government, Murray said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 3, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com The Washington County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve preliminary plans for a 595-unit development off Mount Aetna Road. The vote came fewer than two years after the panel recommended that the Washington County Commissioners not give the developer a special zoning designation for the project. The Planning Commission on Monday voted 7-0 to approve the preliminary development plan for the proposed development near Black Rock Golf Course.
NEWS
February 20, 2001
Letters to the Editor 2/20 Track noise is becoming too much To the editor: The Summit Point area is much like any other rural community in Jefferson County except for one thing - we have a big problem that seems to grow bigger and bigger every year - the Summit Point Raceway. Now we hear of plans for yet another track to be added to the two already existing tracks, and a proposal for changing the "agricultural" zoning of this property to "industrial/commercial.
NEWS
January 8, 1997
When Washington County Commissioner Jim Wade told Keedysville residents who want their area to remain rural to push for some "teeth" in the zoning laws, he made it sound as easy as going to the dentist for a set of false choppers. It won't be. The first step will be a rewrite of the county's comprehensive plan. With all the public hearings, that could take a year or more. Only then can the commissioners begin a comprehensive rezoning of the county. Even at that point, tightening up the rules governing agricultural zoning will be tough.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | July 8, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Members of the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday said they feared the amount of traffic that might result from construction of a 1,103-unit housing development proposed for land near Eastern Elementary School would be too much for the area's roads to handle. The proposed development, called Mount Aetna Farms, would include 426 single-family homes, 521 townhouses, 10 apartment units and 136 condominiums, County Senior Planner Timothy Lung said.
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by ASHLEY HARTMAN | June 12, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A proposal to rezone 15.82 acres west of Frick Avenue and southeast of Prices Church Road was presented at Monday's Washington Township Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Developer and Realtor Ronnie Martin proposed to rezone the area, which is partially in Washington Township, from agricultural to R-1. The land in the Borough of Waynesboro is zoned as residential medium (R-2). Both R-1 and R-2 allow for residential buildings to be built on the land, while agricultural zoning in Washington Township does not. Another issue is that when homes are built in this area, water and sewer customers would be served by Waynesboro and street access would be in Waynesboro, but other services would be from Washington Township.
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NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 3, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com The Washington County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve preliminary plans for a 595-unit development off Mount Aetna Road. The vote came fewer than two years after the panel recommended that the Washington County Commissioners not give the developer a special zoning designation for the project. The Planning Commission on Monday voted 7-0 to approve the preliminary development plan for the proposed development near Black Rock Golf Course.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | September 14, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Linda Staubs thought she had a plan if she were to fall on hard times. The Washington County landowner, who has a home on five acres, would sell her remaining four acres to a developer in a financial emergency. Under zoning changes proposed by the County Commissioners, Staubs would be prevented from developing her property, decreasing its equity, she said. "I really feel like we're being robbed," Staubs told members of Citizens to Protect Rights at a meeting last week.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | July 8, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Members of the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday said they feared the amount of traffic that might result from construction of a 1,103-unit housing development proposed for land near Eastern Elementary School would be too much for the area's roads to handle. The proposed development, called Mount Aetna Farms, would include 426 single-family homes, 521 townhouses, 10 apartment units and 136 condominiums, County Senior Planner Timothy Lung said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 28, 2003
Eighteen residents from the Marsh Pike area have jointly filed an appeal over the Washington County Commissioners' decision to grant a special zoning designation to a developer who has proposed building a nearly 400-unit development in the area. The appeal was filed April 14 in Washington County Circuit Court. William C. Wantz, the attorney for the residents, said Thursday the reasons for the appeal will be made public after they are presented to the court in about 90 days.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 31, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com An attorney for three Black Rock residents has challenged a November 2002 decision by the Washington County Commissioners that could affect the outcome of a proposed 595-unit residential development near Black Rock Golf Course. Attorney William C. Wantz says witnesses who spoke about the proposed development at a Sept. 23 public hearing were never sworn in. As a result, the evidence presented by the witnesses was not substantial and should not have been considered in the County Commissioners' decision, Wantz states in court documents.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 14, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners on Thursday went against the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approved a rezoning request that would allow a nearly 400-unit residential development in the Marsh Pike area. The meeting drew criticism from residents, who said they were given less than a day's notice that a vote was going to take place. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and commissioners Doris J. Nipps and John C. Munson voted for the rezoning of 97.27 acres from agricultural to a Planned Unit Development (PUD)
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Truth is, downzoning hurts land values By Tom Firey Voting 4-1 to accept a new comprehensive plan for development, Washington County's commissioners indicated last Wednesday that they will downzone some 80 percent of county ground in the coming months. Current zoning allows for a density of between one house per acre and one house per three acres on that land; after downzoning, 22.6 percent of county ground will be zoned for one house per 30 acres, another 30.4 percent will be zoned one house per 20 acres, and 28.4 percent will be zoned one house per five acres.
NEWS
May 23, 2000
The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to rezone 49.5 acres of agricultural land for a housing development off Mount Aetna Road. The property is on the north side of Mount Aetna Road, just east of the Robinwood Drive intersection. It's across the street from the former Miller Farm, which was the subject of a controversial rezoning and annexation into the City of Hagerstown last fall. The rezoning will allow Triad Properties to subdivide the property into lots as small as 10,000 square feet.
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