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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 17, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planning Commission formally approved drafts of the zoning and transferable development rights ordinances Wednesday night in a special session, Commission President Donald Fox said. The commission's 5-1 vote advanced the ordinance proposals to the Berkeley County Commission, which is expected to be formally presented with the drafts this morning during its regular scheduled session. Planning Commissioner H. Daniel Gantt voted against approval and Commissioner Eric Goff was absent, Fox said.
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by TARA REILLY | August 30, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Missouri consultant will design a program that would preserve agricultural land in Washington County and allow property owners to recover lost land value resulting from the limited development potential of their property. Three of the five County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to hire White & Smith LLC Planning and Law Group of Lee's Summit, Mo., for $42,955. The consultant will design a transferable development rights (TDR) program for the county. Two commissioners, Vice President William J. Wivell and John C. Munson, said they wanted the next board of commissioners to decide the issue.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 25, 2007
Nonprofits request to be added to county list Three nonprofit organizations have asked to be added to the county list in 2008. The Washington County Commissioners held a public hearing during its weekly meeting Tuesday to consider adding The Exchange Club Parent-Child Center Inc., Antietam Healthcare Foundation Inc., and Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc. to its list of nonprofit organizations. In a memo sent to the board, County Attorney John Martirano said adding an organization to the list does not "assure that the organization will receive funding from the board.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 2, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission approved paying for the producing and distributing of a brochure about the proposed zoning and transferable development rights ordinances that voters are being asked to consider in the primary election. By a unanimous vote, the commission agreed to pay $3,560 to circulate the brochure, which Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield said was an "objective document. " "We worked very hard for it to be a nonadvocacy document," Stubblefield said before the commission approved the expense.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Residents of Martinsburg and Hedgesville, W.Va., apparently will not have the opportunity to vote on zoning and a related transferable development ordinance in the May primary election. Acting on the advice of Berkeley County's legal director, county commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to place the proposed land-use ordinance proposals on ballots in county precincts except in Martinsburg and Hedgesville. The decision appears to exclude the vote of any county property owner who may reside in either of the two municipalities where a form of zoning already is in place.
NEWS
By William Wivell | November 12, 2004
Re: Comprehensive Rezoning As you are quite aware, I have a concern over equity loss to large landowners in regards to the proposed downzoning that the Washington County government is contemplating. Also, I have had the opportunity to speak to several in the farming industry, as well as those in the building industry. The farmers believe that the proposed downzoning could actually accelerate the demise of farms in Washington County and the only way to truly preserve farmland is through permanent easements.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | August 4, 2010
MAUGANSVILLE -- Citizens questioned the Washington County Commissioners about the potential for televised meetings, the status of road improvements and the need for transferable development rights during an evening meeting Tuesday at the Maugansville Ruritan Club. The 7 p.m. meeting drew an audience of about 50 people, a turnout that elicited praise from many of the commissioners. During the citizens' participation portion of the meeting, Mary Webb of Hagerstown asked the commissioners why she couldn't watch their meetings on television like she can Hagerstown City Council meetings.
NEWS
by N. Linn Hendershot | September 10, 2006
How many times over the years, just when you feel the Washington County Commissioners are going to take a step forward and finally address an issue, do you see that all of a sudden they take one step backward to study the issue? You know - hire a consultant or contract with some group in Missouri or somewhere to tell us what we need to do next. For nearly 40 years, I personally worked as a marketing specialist in professional sports where it was often joked that a consultant, an expert if you will, was a person with a coat and tie, carried a briefcase and who lived more than 100 miles from where he was considered an expert.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 21, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY andrews@herald-mail.com After nearly three years of crafting and debating a rural rezoning plan, the Washington County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the proposal July 12. Based on views the commissioners expressed during and after a meeting Monday, the plan - which tightens limits on rural residential building - has a good chance of narrowly passing. Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Doris J. Nipps said they favor the proposal, although not wholeheartedly.
NEWS
by JOE LANE | July 10, 2005
Washington County is blessed with some of the finest agricultural land in the nation. Development threatens to destroy the agricultural way of life in the county. Development approved today has the potential to cause a huge financial burden for future taxpayers. The limestone geology that gave birth to this soil is also completely inappropriate for developments using septic systems. In this article, I will explain my reasoning and propose a workable solution. We must require all new subdivisions to connect to public sewer and require developers to pay the full cost.
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By HEATHER KEELS | August 4, 2010
MAUGANSVILLE -- Citizens questioned the Washington County Commissioners about the potential for televised meetings, the status of road improvements and the need for transferable development rights during an evening meeting Tuesday at the Maugansville Ruritan Club. The 7 p.m. meeting drew an audience of about 50 people, a turnout that elicited praise from many of the commissioners. During the citizens' participation portion of the meeting, Mary Webb of Hagerstown asked the commissioners why she couldn't watch their meetings on television like she can Hagerstown City Council meetings.
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By HEATHER KEELS | July 28, 2010
When creating a rezoning plan to steer development, Washington County planning officials overlooked a key recommendation from citizen advisors that would compensate rural landowners for lost development rights, one advisory committee member said. The Urban Growth Area Advisory Committee recommended using a system of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) that would allow rural landowners to sell their development rights to landowners in more urban areas. However, county planning staff did not incorporate TDR requirements into their proposed rezoning plan, which has been the subject of two public information meetings and is expected to go to a public hearing by early fall.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 2, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission approved paying for the producing and distributing of a brochure about the proposed zoning and transferable development rights ordinances that voters are being asked to consider in the primary election. By a unanimous vote, the commission agreed to pay $3,560 to circulate the brochure, which Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield said was an "objective document. " "We worked very hard for it to be a nonadvocacy document," Stubblefield said before the commission approved the expense.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Residents of Martinsburg and Hedgesville, W.Va., apparently will not have the opportunity to vote on zoning and a related transferable development ordinance in the May primary election. Acting on the advice of Berkeley County's legal director, county commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to place the proposed land-use ordinance proposals on ballots in county precincts except in Martinsburg and Hedgesville. The decision appears to exclude the vote of any county property owner who may reside in either of the two municipalities where a form of zoning already is in place.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 17, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planning Commission formally approved drafts of the zoning and transferable development rights ordinances Wednesday night in a special session, Commission President Donald Fox said. The commission's 5-1 vote advanced the ordinance proposals to the Berkeley County Commission, which is expected to be formally presented with the drafts this morning during its regular scheduled session. Planning Commissioner H. Daniel Gantt voted against approval and Commissioner Eric Goff was absent, Fox said.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 25, 2007
Nonprofits request to be added to county list Three nonprofit organizations have asked to be added to the county list in 2008. The Washington County Commissioners held a public hearing during its weekly meeting Tuesday to consider adding The Exchange Club Parent-Child Center Inc., Antietam Healthcare Foundation Inc., and Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc. to its list of nonprofit organizations. In a memo sent to the board, County Attorney John Martirano said adding an organization to the list does not "assure that the organization will receive funding from the board.
NEWS
by N. Linn Hendershot | September 10, 2006
How many times over the years, just when you feel the Washington County Commissioners are going to take a step forward and finally address an issue, do you see that all of a sudden they take one step backward to study the issue? You know - hire a consultant or contract with some group in Missouri or somewhere to tell us what we need to do next. For nearly 40 years, I personally worked as a marketing specialist in professional sports where it was often joked that a consultant, an expert if you will, was a person with a coat and tie, carried a briefcase and who lived more than 100 miles from where he was considered an expert.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 30, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Missouri consultant will design a program that would preserve agricultural land in Washington County and allow property owners to recover lost land value resulting from the limited development potential of their property. Three of the five County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to hire White & Smith LLC Planning and Law Group of Lee's Summit, Mo., for $42,955. The consultant will design a transferable development rights (TDR) program for the county. Two commissioners, Vice President William J. Wivell and John C. Munson, said they wanted the next board of commissioners to decide the issue.
NEWS
by JOE LANE | July 10, 2005
Washington County is blessed with some of the finest agricultural land in the nation. Development threatens to destroy the agricultural way of life in the county. Development approved today has the potential to cause a huge financial burden for future taxpayers. The limestone geology that gave birth to this soil is also completely inappropriate for developments using septic systems. In this article, I will explain my reasoning and propose a workable solution. We must require all new subdivisions to connect to public sewer and require developers to pay the full cost.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 21, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY andrews@herald-mail.com After nearly three years of crafting and debating a rural rezoning plan, the Washington County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the proposal July 12. Based on views the commissioners expressed during and after a meeting Monday, the plan - which tightens limits on rural residential building - has a good chance of narrowly passing. Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Doris J. Nipps said they favor the proposal, although not wholeheartedly.
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