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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
The cost to developers for mitigating the impact of residential projects on schools is a negotiated process, but it would be replaced with a standard formula under a plan outlined Tuesday for the Washington County Board of Commissioners by Planning and Zoning Director Stephen T. Goodrich. Currently, under the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, or APFO, a developer with seven or more residential lots would pay a mitigation fee if the schools in its region were above certain thresholds for state-rated capacity, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.
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by TARA REILLY | July 14, 2005
WILLIAMSPORT tarar@herald-mail.com A more than 1,200-unit housing development consisting of single-family homes, town houses and condominiums is proposed along Sterling Road near Williamsport, Washington County officials said Wednesday. County Chief Planner Steve Goodrich said Williamsport Ventures LLC recently submitted to the county preliminary information for the proposed 1,267-unit development, which would be built along Sterling Road at the intersection of Edward Doub Road and stretch to Kendle Road.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 26, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County planners have identified discrepancies between city and county planning maps in the types of development that would be allowed on almost two dozen properties near the Hagerstown city line. Two weeks ago, county planners noticed 42 properties on city planning maps that were zoned differently by the city than they were by the county. All of the properties are on county land but are in the city's growth area. The city applies zoning categories to property outside its boundaries that it might annex in the future.
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by KAREN HANNA | January 24, 2007
Growth advisory committee outlined A group that will advise officials on growth issues will consist of individuals representing backgrounds as diverse as banking and agriculture. Washington County Chief Planner Stephen Goodrich presented an outline of the urban growth area advisory committee to the Washington County Commissioners during a meeting Tuesday. Goodrich said he believes the new committee could begin meeting this spring. The group would advise officials about the kinds of population densities and zoning plans appropriate for specific urban growth areas, he said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 2, 2005
A man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on U.S. 40 one mile east of Huyetts, according to Lt. Joe Goodrich with Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Two people were injured in the accident and taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, said Goodrich, who described their injuries as "trauma injuries. " The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. The name of the man killed was not available late Thursday. A blue Ford Focus driven by Wayne Eugene Baker Sr. collided head-on with a silver Saturn driven by Justin Arthur Davis, said Cpl. W. Wachsmuth with Maryland State Police.
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by JANET HEIM | October 7, 2004
janeth@herald-mail.com MAUGANSVILLE - Lt. Joe Goodrich of the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. has been working with his 4-year-old daughter, Lorrie, since she was 3, practicing fire drills and teaching her what to do in case of a fire. Convinced that it's better to start educating children - along with their parents - about safety sooner rather than later, the Maugansville fire company hosted close to 50 children and about 20 parents for their three-night Safety Camp program.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
A proposal to add an alternative school-mitigation contribution to the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance moved forward Tuesday, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus on draft revisions. The adequate facilities ordinance amendment will establish a standardized formula to determine monetary contributions from developers when additional students are expected to be generated by new development, causing public schools to exceed capacity thresholds, according to Stephen T. Goodrich, director of the county Department of Planning and Zoning.
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by KAREN HANNA | September 20, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com According to developer Tim Feaga, a proposed 1,280-unit mixed development in Williamsport has the potential to be "extraordinary, out of the ordinary. " Residents who jammed a public hearing Monday night used other words to describe the property - words like crime, congestion and overcrowding. The Washington County Planning Commission will make its recommendations to the County Commissioners. More than 100 people filled Court Room 1 of Washington County Circuit Court to speak out about a development planned for an area along Sterling Road east of Williamsport.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2012
Washington County is considering an ordinance requiring consistent addresses and clear road names, helping crews responding to 911 emergencies. Planning Director Stephen T. Goodrich told the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the ordinance would codify a long-standing policy. The draft ordinance says new road names would have to be “easy to pronounce and spell.” A private road with “more than 3 addressable structures or developable lots” would be required to have a name.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
A proposal to add an alternative school-mitigation contribution to the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance moved forward Tuesday, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus on draft revisions. The adequate facilities ordinance amendment will establish a standardized formula to determine monetary contributions from developers when additional students are expected to be generated by new development, causing public schools to exceed capacity thresholds, according to Stephen T. Goodrich, director of the county Department of Planning and Zoning.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
A discussion Tuesday about the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance served to illustrate why the Washington County Board of Commissioners is considering a new formula on how new residential developments should help pay for schools. Attorney Jason Divelbiss presented a plan to the board for The Reserve at Collegiate Acres, a 272-unit apartment complex. The plan offered no money for school mitigation, instead proposing a phase-in development over a period of years that would roughly coincide with the construction and opening of a planned West Side Elementary School.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
The cost to developers for mitigating the impact of residential projects on schools is a negotiated process, but it would be replaced with a standard formula under a plan outlined Tuesday for the Washington County Board of Commissioners by Planning and Zoning Director Stephen T. Goodrich. Currently, under the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, or APFO, a developer with seven or more residential lots would pay a mitigation fee if the schools in its region were above certain thresholds for state-rated capacity, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2012
Washington County is considering an ordinance requiring consistent addresses and clear road names, helping crews responding to 911 emergencies. Planning Director Stephen T. Goodrich told the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the ordinance would codify a long-standing policy. The draft ordinance says new road names would have to be “easy to pronounce and spell.” A private road with “more than 3 addressable structures or developable lots” would be required to have a name.
OBITUARIES
May 25, 2012
William “Bud” Kingsley Goodrich, 97, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his residence. Born Aug. 25, 1914, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of the late William Edgar Goodrich and Octavia Edna Hill Goodrich. Bud was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater, serving from September 1941 through September 1945. He was a staff sergeant, receiving the Bronze Star. He was a member of Antietam American Legion Post, and past commander of Turner-White American Legion Post in Shepherdstown.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 10, 2007
Planners consider zoning issues A list of 42 properties that are zoned differently by Washington County and the City of Hagerstown was presented Tuesday to the County Commissioners. Washington County Chief Planner Stephen T. Goodrich discussed the problem with the commissioners two weeks ago but returned Tuesday with a list detailing the zoning on each property. The 42 properties are in the county but also are part of the city's growth area and could be annexed by the city in the future.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 26, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County planners have identified discrepancies between city and county planning maps in the types of development that would be allowed on almost two dozen properties near the Hagerstown city line. Two weeks ago, county planners noticed 42 properties on city planning maps that were zoned differently by the city than they were by the county. All of the properties are on county land but are in the city's growth area. The city applies zoning categories to property outside its boundaries that it might annex in the future.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 2, 2005
A man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on U.S. 40 one mile east of Huyetts, according to Lt. Joe Goodrich with Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Two people were injured in the accident and taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, said Goodrich, who described their injuries as "trauma injuries. " The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. The name of the man killed was not available late Thursday. A blue Ford Focus driven by Wayne Eugene Baker Sr. collided head-on with a silver Saturn driven by Justin Arthur Davis, said Cpl. W. Wachsmuth with Maryland State Police.
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by KAREN HANNA | September 20, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com According to developer Tim Feaga, a proposed 1,280-unit mixed development in Williamsport has the potential to be "extraordinary, out of the ordinary. " Residents who jammed a public hearing Monday night used other words to describe the property - words like crime, congestion and overcrowding. The Washington County Planning Commission will make its recommendations to the County Commissioners. More than 100 people filled Court Room 1 of Washington County Circuit Court to speak out about a development planned for an area along Sterling Road east of Williamsport.
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