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by TARA REILLY | April 6, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com As of now, Washington County's more than two-year ban on major residential growth in rural areas is set to expire on April 18. The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday discussed whether to extend the building moratorium for up to 90 days, but there weren't enough votes to do so. "I think the moratorium has gone on long enough," Commissioner John C. Munson said. "I don't think we're being fair to the people. " The commissioners, instead, plan to discuss at next Tuesday's meeting ways to control growth through the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO)
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by TARA REILLY | January 19, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County's ban on major growth in rural areas will remain in place a little longer, after the County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to extend the moratorium for the third time since it was adopted in October 2002. The commissioners voted 4-1 to extend the moratorium for up to 90 days, so they have time to decide whether to include in the county's rural rezoning proposal some type of program that would help landowners make up for a possible loss of equity should the rezoning proposal be approved.
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by TARA REILLY | January 7, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - The second of seven goals the Washington County Commissioners set for 2004 was, perhaps, the most controversial - adopt a plan to rezone more than 250,000 of the county's rural acres. The year has come and gone, and the County Commissioners have yet to approve the plan, which would reduce the number of homes allowed on rural land. "Staff kind of dreams those goals up and hope we agree with them," Commissioner John C. Munson said by phone Thursday.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | January 6, 2005
shappell@herald-mail.com Three Washington County commissioners and the Washington County Agricultural Advisory Board met informally for close to three hours Wednesday to discuss suggestions to improve the county's plans for rural rezoning and preserving farmland. Washington County Commissioner James F. Kercheval described the meeting as an informal brainstorming session to help the commissioners get ideas to refine the rural rezoning program, especially where it relates to farmland preservation.
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by TARA REILLY | October 27, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners said Tuesday they want to create a plan that would compensate landowners for a possible loss of equity the property owners might face if the commissioners vote to rezone about 250,000 rural acres. The rural rezoning, also known as downzoning, would keep major growth from springing up in rural areas by limiting the number of homes allowed on such properties, county officials have said. It also would direct growth to areas where development is encouraged, most of which is around the City of Hagerstown.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 19, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - During a public hearing Monday, a speaker compared the Washington County Planning Commission's proposal to rezone rural areas of the county to the claims of weapons of mass destruction that led to the war in Iraq. Daniel Moeller of Rohrersville, the person making the comparison, was one of about 30 people who spoke at the hearing on the county's proposed rural rezoning plan, which would limit development in rural areas. About 100 people attended the hearing at the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | September 28, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Speakers criticized Washington County's proposed rural rezoning plan, which would limit development in rural areas, during a public hearing held by the Washington County Commissioners Monday night. Approximately 100 people attended the hearing at the Washington County Courthouse and about 20 of those spoke. Some of the speakers, including Eleanor Funk, said up front that they did not own rural land. But, she said, "If I owned ag land I would be screaming.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | September 15, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners meeting to review the final seven zoning requests filed in response to a comprehensive rural rezoning plan lasted less than 30 minutes Tuesday evening. Two people spoke in reference to those parcels. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners likely would make a decision about the seven formal zoning requests on Sept. 21. Snook said he had expected that at least a half-dozen speakers would testify about their requests.
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July 28, 2004
The races, as friends To the editor: I write this in response to the upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally in the Sharpsburg/ Hagerstown area in August. I grew up in the South in the '70s and recall in my days as a youngster, the mention of the KKK and how they where organized in small pockets in the rural areas of Wilmington, N.C. We were warned to stay away from certain areas of greater Wilmington because tensions following integration were high in regard to race-related issues.
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by TARA REILLY | July 21, 2004
A decision on whether to rezone more than 250,000 of Washington County's rural acres is tentatively scheduled for October. The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday discussed a timetable for the vote, as well as the dates of meetings and public hearings on the proposed rezoning. Discussions and hearings on the issue probably would be held from August through October, according to the tentative timetable. The proposed rezoning would reduce the number of homes allowed in rural areas.
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