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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 14, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Berkeley County voters appear to have rejected a proposed zoning ordinance Tuesday, 12 years after county officials tallied another defeat of land-use regulations. With all precincts and early votes counted, 33.6 percent, or 5,689, voted for the zoning ordinance and 66.4 percent, or 11,241, voted against it, according to complete, unofficial results. Tallies counted Tuesday night will be canvassed Friday beginning at 9 a.m. The vote on the companion, Transferable Development Rights ordinance, was similar, with 30.7 percent of the ballots cast in favor of the new regulation and 69.2 percent against.
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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 MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County voters in the primary election will have the opportunity to decide whether to adopt zoning and a companion land-use ordinance in areas outside the county's two municipalities. By a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the Berkeley County Commission approved final drafts of the proposed regulations, which eventually will be available for review on the commission's Web site and at county public libraries. "I think we have bent over backwards to allow public comment," said Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield, who made the motion to accept the ordinance and allow voters to decide the issue May 13. The commission on Tuesday mostly rejected any changes that were suggested during two public meetings held Monday, including a zoning map change requested by the City of Martinsburg's planning director.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 27, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A revised version of the zoning ordinance proposed for Berkeley County will be the focus of yet another round of public hearings this week as county leaders continue to work toward finalizing land-use guidelines that voters are expected to consider at the polls in May. The Berkeley County Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 tonight in the county commission chambers in the county's administration building at 400...
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 17, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Berkeley County residents have five more opportunities in the next few weeks to get educated on a proposed zoning ordinance that is slated to be on the ballot in May 2008. More than 100 people on Thursday attended the first of the educational meetings. Berkeley County Planner Matthew Mullenax said he was impressed that many of those he talked to in Martinsburg High School's auditorium had already done some research on the issue. "They were very well prepared," Mullenax said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 24, 2007
Funding for Raleigh Street extension in Martinsburg advances MARTINSBURG, W.Va.. -A $500,000 allocation in federal funding for the Raleigh Street extension project cleared a final hurdle in the House of Representatives, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced last week. Capito requested funding for the Raleigh Street Extension in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Transportation Appropria- tions bill in June and the Republican congresswoman said in a news release that the U.S. Senate will pass the appropriations bill that authorizes the money.
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by TARA REILLY | August 16, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - It's been more than a year since the Washington County Commissioners narrowly approved a rezoning plan that limited the development potential of more than 250,000 rural acres. It's two weeks past an Aug. 1 deadline the County Commissioners set to create a program that would compensate landowners for possible lost equity as a result of the rezoning plan. The deadline was one of the conditions the commissioners set upon approving the plan. Clear Spring farmer Gerald Ditto questioned during a meeting last week whether the rural rezoning vote still stands, since the condition has not been met. The county says "yes.
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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 MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 18, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A special election slated for November to allow Berkeley County voters to decide whether to adopt a comprehensive zoning ordinance was officially scrapped Thursday by the Berkeley County Commission. The decision effectively nixed a plan by Commissioners Steven C. Teufel and William L. "Bill" Stubblefield to also ask voters about increasing the size of the commission from three to five members before the 2008 election year. Teufel, who is up for re-election next year, said he was "very disappointed" that the zoning ordinance question would not be settled until next year.
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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 14, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Berkeley County voters appear to have rejected a proposed zoning ordinance Tuesday, 12 years after county officials tallied another defeat of land-use regulations. With all precincts and early votes counted, 33.6 percent, or 5,689, voted for the zoning ordinance and 66.4 percent, or 11,241, voted against it, according to complete, unofficial results. Tallies counted Tuesday night will be canvassed Friday beginning at 9 a.m. The vote on the companion, Transferable Development Rights ordinance, was similar, with 30.7 percent of the ballots cast in favor of the new regulation and 69.2 percent against.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County voters in the primary election will have the opportunity to decide whether to adopt zoning and a companion land-use ordinance in areas outside the county's two municipalities. By a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the Berkeley County Commission approved final drafts of the proposed regulations, which eventually will be available for review on the commission's Web site and at county public libraries. "I think we have bent over backwards to allow public comment," said Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield, who made the motion to accept the ordinance and allow voters to decide the issue May 13. The commission on Tuesday mostly rejected any changes that were suggested during two public meetings held Monday, including a zoning map change requested by the City of Martinsburg's planning director.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 24, 2007
Funding for Raleigh Street extension in Martinsburg advances MARTINSBURG, W.Va.. -A $500,000 allocation in federal funding for the Raleigh Street extension project cleared a final hurdle in the House of Representatives, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced last week. Capito requested funding for the Raleigh Street Extension in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Transportation Appropria- tions bill in June and the Republican congresswoman said in a news release that the U.S. Senate will pass the appropriations bill that authorizes the money.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 27, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A revised version of the zoning ordinance proposed for Berkeley County will be the focus of yet another round of public hearings this week as county leaders continue to work toward finalizing land-use guidelines that voters are expected to consider at the polls in May. The Berkeley County Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 tonight in the county commission chambers in the county's administration building at 400...
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 17, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Berkeley County residents have five more opportunities in the next few weeks to get educated on a proposed zoning ordinance that is slated to be on the ballot in May 2008. More than 100 people on Thursday attended the first of the educational meetings. Berkeley County Planner Matthew Mullenax said he was impressed that many of those he talked to in Martinsburg High School's auditorium had already done some research on the issue. "They were very well prepared," Mullenax said.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 18, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A special election slated for November to allow Berkeley County voters to decide whether to adopt a comprehensive zoning ordinance was officially scrapped Thursday by the Berkeley County Commission. The decision effectively nixed a plan by Commissioners Steven C. Teufel and William L. "Bill" Stubblefield to also ask voters about increasing the size of the commission from three to five members before the 2008 election year. Teufel, who is up for re-election next year, said he was "very disappointed" that the zoning ordinance question would not be settled until next year.
NEWS
February 18, 2007
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Herald-Mail held an online chat with John Barr, president of the Washington County Commissioners. What follows is an edited transcript of that chat. Our next scheduled chat will be Tuesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. with Dee Mayberry, a member of the Maryland Commission for Women, a nonpartisan group that, among other things, studies and recommends legislation dealing with women's issues. Daniel: Less than 10 percent of the Rural Legacy areas in the county have been permanently protected and most of that protection was purchased with state funds.
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