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By DAVE McMILLION | | December 14, 2011
The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night denied a variance that would have allowed a new Community Rescue Service ambulance station to be built on Village Mill Road in Maugansville. The board denied the variance on a 3-2 vote after about 50 people filled the Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting room in Hagerstown during a hearing on the proposal. Several Maugansville area residents spoke against the variance request, saying they were worried about ambulance sirens "screaming down the street," how the station would affect the property values of nearby homes and how it would operate amid already tricky traffic conditions.
By HEATHER KEELS | | December 13, 2011
Residents of a neighborhood near Longmeadow Road turned out in force for a Washington County public hearing Tuesday to protest the addition of residential-multifamily zoning to a nearby property. The property, six acres owned by Callas Contractors Inc. south of Longmeadow Road, is one of hundreds of properties set to receive new zoning under a comprehensive rezoning of the roughly 35,000-acre Urban Growth Area around Hagerstown, Williamsport and Funkstown. Tuesday's public hearing was the third the county has held on the proposed comprehensive UGA rezoning.
November 12, 2011
County approves city Pangborn zoning The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to grant express approval for Hagerstown to apply Professional Office-Mixed zoning to the Pangborn Corp. property if it is annexed into the city. Pangborn Corp., the owner of the 5.156 acres located along the eastern side of Pangborn Boulevard, has requested that the city annex the parcel, and the parties have agreed on the POM zoning designation, Planning and Zoning Director Stephen T. Goodrich said.
By HEATHER KEELS | | October 11, 2011
The Washington County Board of Commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday to approve a zoning measure that would allow mining on 120.11 acres north of Hagerstown owned by cement company Holcim Inc. The land is north of Holcim's current limestone quarry near Old Forge Road. The company has said previously that the tract would be “reserves” to mine at a later date - likely at least 20 years away - and would replace about 90 acres of current reserves that the company has agreed to lease to the county at no cost for use as a park.
October 6, 2011
After working all week with teenagers in my classroom, I looked forward to a Friday evening working alongside them during Fun Night. At least I told myself this work would be fun, and besides, it was for a good cause. Each time my body protested from the week's fatigue, I willed it to keep working. That's just what moms do. For many schools, Fun Night is an annual occurrence during which games are played, prizes are awarded and funds are raised. Last Friday night, the juniors at our school presented a sports-themed evening of family fun. Those of us working behind the scenes had our own type of amusement.
October 5, 2011
Washington County will waive some of its permit application and plan review fees next week as part of a customer appreciation week for residential construction customers, county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said. From Oct. 10 to 14, the county's Division of Plan Review and Permitting will offer financial incentives, hold "Ask the Expert" Facebook chats, and offer refreshments and educational information at its 80 W. Baltimore St. office, she said. "We ask that the general public take advantage of this week to learn more and possibly start or finish a project around their home, like adding a deck or constructing a shed," County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said in a press release about the appreciation week.
By HEATHER KEELS | | 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)
September 3, 2011
Hagerstown: Allowed only in the Agricultural Transition zoning district. Funkstown: not allowed Smithsburg: not allowed Boonsboro: under review Sharpsburg: not allowed Keedysville: not allowed Williamsport: not allowed Clear Spring: not allowed Hancock: not allowed Washington County unincorporated areas: Currently allowed only in Agriculture, Residential...
By PAT DeCOLA | New Hampshire Union Leader | August 6, 2011
It's never easy to wake up from a dream that's everything you wanted and more. The 2011 Hagerstown B PONY team was awoken a little sooner than it wanted, as it was knocked out of the PONY East Zone tournament after its second straight loss, a 13-3 five-inning drubbing at the hands of New Bedford (Mass.) in the losers' bracket semifinal on Saturday. “I'm proud of these kids,” said Hagerstown manager John Phillips. “They're a fine group of ballplayers and they've played their hearts out.” The miracle run to the East Zone tournament was highlighted when Hagerstown B defeated Hagerstown A twice in the regional tournament in Boardman, Ohio.
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