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NEWS
January 4, 2002
Bank zoning variance approved The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday approved one of two variances for property at 18233 Maugans Ave., which is adjacent to a planned First National Bank of Greencastle branch, Chairman Robert Veil said Thursday. A request for a variance to reduce the buffer between the lot line and a nearby dwelling from 25 feet to 8.5 feet was denied, Veil said. William Wantz, a Hagerstown attorney representing a neighbor, spoke against the variance, Veil said.
NEWS
July 18, 1997
Last week when the Washington County Commissioners were discussing zoning changes on U.S. 40 on the east side of Clear Spring, Commissioner John Shank objected to the proposal to place more restrictive zoning on developer Vincent Groh's land there. "To me this is just another classic example of the government telling a private property owner what they can do. I don't want the government to tell me what to do. That's why I live in America. " If that speech sounds familiar to long-time readers and county residents, it's because similar arguments were used more than 20 years ago when zoning was first proposed here.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2011
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will allow commercial solar energy-generating systems as a special exception in some county districts. The amendment applies to grid-tied solar energy-generating systems whose primary purpose is sale to the public utility grid. Solar energy systems for primarily on-site energy use are already included in the ordinance. The new amendment allows the larger, grid-tied systems as a special exception in the Agriculture (Rural)
NEWS
March 1, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A local developer wants to change Antrim Township zoning ordinances to accommodate a diverse mix of industrial and commercial property along Interstate 81. Paul Perini of Hagerstown based Perini Properties asked the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to consider changing the zoning of a parcel of property near Exit 3 in Pennsylvania to a zoning concept he called Highway Commercial 3 (HC3). Perini said the idea of HC3 is similar to a Washington County zoning form known as Highway Industrial 1 and would allow for a mix of "professional light industrial and highway commercial" property.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | June 23, 2005
Commentary If there was ever a topic to make a journalist go face down on his keyboard, it's zoning. More aptly spelled "zzzzzoning. " Well, zoning's probably a close second to sewage-treatment flow capacities, but not by much. Those who have sensed an increased surliness on my part over the Washington County Commissioners' perpetual zoning stalemate these past several years are correct because it's the issue that won't go away. Of all the issues to stick around forever, it had to be zoning, didn't it?
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 28, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com You likely won't find the phrase "homeless shelter" in Tri-State municipal zoning codes, which in some cases were written decades ago. Without a precise definition, planners have used their judgment. Hagerstown The Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless, or REACH, cold weather shelter is seen as an "accessory use" to a church, Zoning Administrator Stephen R. Bockmiller said in June. The shelter rotates two weeks at a time among local churches and the synagogue in Hagerstown, but REACH officials expect to permanently move into the former Cannon Shoe Factory on West Franklin Street.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 19, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown voters will head to the polls on May 19 to choose a mayor. Republican incumbent Robert E. Bruchey II will face Democrat David S. Gysberts and write-in candidate Jonathan R. Burrs. Bruchey defeated Burrs and Ann Holtzman in the Republican primary on March 10. Bruchey was mayor from 1997 to 2001, but lost a re-election bid to William M. Breichner. He ran again in 2005, but was defeated by former Mayor Richard F. Trump. The City Council appointed Bruchey mayor in 2006 after Trump resigned from office less than a year into his term.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | April 26, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County land planners are considering adopting a different zoning system as part of a new comprehensive plan for the county, officials said Thursday. Members of the Jefferson County Planning Commission are trying to decide if they should replace a current zoning tool known as LESA with another method of zoning, said Scott Coyle, president of the planning commission. "There's about a third who are interested, a third who are not interested and about a third sitting on the fence," Chief Planner Stephen R. Bockmiller said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 24, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com Daniel Sheffler was on the phone in his office in the Borough Hall one day last week telling a local landlord that he had to either evict a tenant or pay the tenant's delinquent water bill. It's all part of the job for Sheffler, zoning and code enforcement officer for the Borough of Waynesboro. Sheffler, 40, was hired in October to succeed Douglas Pyle who resigned. He came to the borough from a 10-year job as a construction superintendent for a regional home-building company.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
A group of Washington County residents has appealed two zoning-related approvals that advance Washington County Health System's plans for a new hospital on Robinwood Drive. The group has several weeks to outline its arguments, which were not listed in the petitions filed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. See Saturday's Herald-Mail for the full story.
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NEWS
September 3, 2013
Hydrant flushing that began on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Zone 7 will need to be extended through Monday, according to the city Water Department. The area is bordered by the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks to the west, Memorial Boulevard to the north, Rose Hill Avenue to the east and South Hagerstown High School to the south, including all of Pope Avenue and Corbett Street. Customers, especially those using automatic washing machines, are cautioned to frequently check  for discolored water, which may occur because of the work.
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SPORTS
August 3, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013 YOUTH BASEBALL HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Hagerstown PONY 14 all-stars always knew how to take a lead. The problem was they had trouble defending one. Rocky defense - and a fourth-inning grand slam - knocked the wind out of Hagerstown's sails as it was eliminated in a 15-7 loss to New Bedford (Mass.) on Saturday in the losers' bracket final of the East Zone Tournament. “The story of game today and yesterday is that defensively we didn't get the job done,” said Hagerstown manager Dave Barr.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013 YOUTH BASEBALL BOARDMAN, Ohio - Hagerstown broke open a tie game with three home runs in the fourth inning to back up a masterful pitching performance by Matt Harsh in an 8-3 victory over Prospects Two (Ohio) in the championship game of the PONY 14 East Zone Super Regional tournament on Sunday. Harsh went six innings, allowing two hits and striking out 13. He worked out of a jam in the top of the fourth after Prospects tied the game at 3 and had the bases loaded with no outs.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 15, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors said Monday they intend to lower the municipality's traffic impact fees. The supervisors plan to vote Aug. 5 on a proposal to reduce the fees to $2,714 per traffic unit. Currently, they are $3,147 per unit. The $2,714 fee was the original amount before it was raised several years ago. Impact fees are assessed on residential and commercial development in certain geographic zones. Revenue from the fees is designated for construction of Washington Township Boulevard, a multimillion-dollar relief route north of Waynesboro.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
Rumble strips will be placed in the Interstate 81 work zone in Berkeley County to try to slow motorists who are speeding through the swath of construction to widen the highway to six lanes, a West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman said Friday. Transportation officials also decided to install signs to direct truck traffic to travel in the left lane in the construction zone, which begins north of Exit 16 near Martinsburg and ends in the vicinity of Exit 23 for Marlowe/Falling Waters, W.Va., Brent Walker said.
NEWS
June 9, 2013
The Washington County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed text amendment to the official zoning map for Washington County. The hearing is set for Tuesday at 11 a.m. during the commissioners' regular weekly meeting in room 227 of 100 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. A copy of the proposed text amendment is available for review on the Washington County website at www.washco-md.net . All information related to the official record is available for review at the Washington County Planning Department at 80 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The Washington Township, Pa., supervisors on Monday quashed changes that would have allowed chickens to be kept in low-density residential zones.  The supervisors unanimously decided to halt efforts to allow chickens on R1 properties. However, they still intend to continue with an initiative to allow hens in forest conservation zones. Supervisor Dick McCracken made a motion to rescind action taken May 20, saying he was confused by what the earlier vote meant. Chickens are currently prohibited in R1 zones, but the earlier vote had authorized staff to prepare legal documents to start allowing them.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
ST. JAMES - The Saint James boys lacrosse team faced something it hadn't seen yet this season - a zone defense played by Mid-Atlantic Conference foe St. Andrews - and beat it with unselfish teamwork. Nine players scored at least one goal as the Saints spread the ball and found enough holes in St. Andrews' defense to earn an 11-7 victory on a chilly Tuesday evening. Connor Abeles had two goals and an assist, Austin Fahey also had two goals and Kyle Neale and Jacob Thompson had a goal and two assists each to lead Saint James (4-2, 1-0)
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2013
Speed cameras that were installed to monitor school zones in Hagerstown have generated nearly $1 million in revenue over eight months. City spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said speeding tickets issued as a result of the cameras amounted to about $979,606 in total earnings from April 2012, when the first cameras were installed, to November 2012. Of the amount raised from the 11 cameras that monitor 10 school zones in Hagerstown, the city through November received about $587,764, or roughly 60 percent of the money taken in from the tickets, Wolfe said.
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