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November 18, 1997
Coast Guard expansion approved MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Preliminary plans for expanding the U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center were approved Monday night by the Berkeley County Planning Commission. The preliminary sketch plat for the three-story, 73,957-square-foot addition was approved during a brief public hearing at Monday's meeting. Ken Lowe, the managing partner for Panhandle Venture II, said site work on the $9 million project will begin as soon as possible at the Liberty Business Park off W.Va.
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | July 19, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two weeks after a lawsuit was filed against the Berkeley County Planning Commission, alleging that the commissioners do not follow their own rules and regulations, one Planning Commission member on Monday night introduced a set procedure that all developers must follow when submitting projects. Ron Collins, the Berkeley County Commission's representative on the Planning Commission, said the new procedures should make the process of having a project reviewed by the Planning Commission more consistent, smoother and faster.
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February 22, 2002
Planning Commission gets green light to hire director By SARAH MULLIN martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planning Commission has a budget surplus of $97,000, so the Berkeley County Commission gave permission to begin the process of hiring a director. The Planning Commission director will oversee the planning commission staff, and assist in the update of the county's comprehensive plan. Rather than hire an outside firm to revise the comprehensive plan, which contains regulations regarding water, sewer, road, land use, and industrial and historic issues, the planning director should be able to update it themselves, Commissioner Robert Burkhart said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A development near Shepherdstown, W.Va., that is being geared to the local artisan community and is generating controversy because of its proximity to Morgan's Grove Park was given preliminary approval Tuesday night by county planning officials. The Jefferson County Planning Commission approved a community impact statement for the proposed Town Run Commons, but did attach several conditions for approval, said Sherry Kelly, Jefferson County's acting chief planner and zoning administrator.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 31, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - An attorney for three local developers trying to remove Todd Baldau from the Jefferson County Planning Commission over alleged misconduct argued in Jefferson County court that he could show there was "radical attempt to go beyond the law. " The developers have argued that Baldau has claimed that planning commission members can deny subdivisions because they act with discretion - which is using one's own reasoning - rather...
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BY DAVE McMILLION | April 27, 2005
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. Jefferson County planning officials gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to a 100-acre industrial park in a "very special" part of the county that is known for its rich farmland. The Jefferson County Planning Commission approved a community impact statement for the Sunnyside Industrial Park after a long discussion about how wastes from the industrial park would be handled and what kind of geology is at the site. Planning Commissioner John Sims, a geologist, said many sinkholes are in the area where the Sunnyside Industrial Park is proposed and he wants to know what type of ground septic tanks at the park will be draining into.
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by TARA REILLY | October 7, 2003
Commission OKs FedEx site plan The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday approved the final site plan for FedEx Ground to build a 480,000-square-foot package distribution facility on the western end of Halfway Boulevard. Acting Planning Director Steve Goodrich said the Pittsburgh-based company would employ 700 people. The facility will be located in the Hunter's Green Business Center off Hopewell Road. It will be the first of 10 hubs to be built over the next six years as part of the company's $1.8 billion network expansion plan, according to a written statement.
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by ROBERT SNYDER | February 13, 2006
INWOOD,W.Va. - Much of the Mill Creek area's growth can be attributed to the availability of land and the existence of infrastructure, said Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association President Dwayne Wean. "Anywhere in Berkeley County right now, as long as you have the key elements - water, sewer and good roads - it makes (land) a valuable commodity right now," Wean said. That means future growth won't be confined to the Inwood area, Wean said. The sewer district's planned expansion in the northern part of the county promises to add 30 miles of collection lines and a treatment plant that will be capable of processing 1 million gallons of wastewater daily.
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by Todd Baldau | August 27, 2006
On April 7, 2005, I was appointed to the Jefferson County Planning Commission. I serve as a volunteer, without compensation. Last month, a petition was filed in West Virginia Circuit Court to have me thrown off the planning commission. The planning commission is responsible for enforcing the county's subdivision ordinance. This involves hearing variance requests, declarations of violation, reviewing community impact statements and, perhaps most importantly, voting on "final plat" applications.
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