FPACC: Important Development Updates and Zoning
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
When: March 27, 2014, 7 PM
Where: Finksburg Branch Carroll County Public Library
We met to discuss recent developments
on local zoning changes and to announce the nominating committee
for the 2014 FPACC election of officers. Please consider
running for a position on the FPACC board of directors. If
interested, please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral Home Project:
A funeral home is planned for the corner of MD
Route 91 and Bloom Road. The Planning and Zoning Commission
reviewed and approved, with minor changes, the final site
plan at their 2/18/14 meeting.
Cell Tower and Compound:
A Verizon cell site tower and compound is planned
near the corner of Deer Park Rd and Don Ave. The Technical
Review Committee (TRC) reviewed the project
on Mon. 2/24/14 at 9:00 am in Rm. 003 of the County Office
Building. The TRC identified several minor issues that need
to be addressed, including grading and width of access road
(18' or request variance). The engineer indicated he hoped
to be on the P&Z Commission agenda for March. Their target
for construction is this summer. One neighbor appeared with
concerns about trees and fencing.
request #220 for property at Old Gamber Rd and Gamber
Rd (MD 91). The January 23, 2014 meeting was
a community meeting to discuss this zoning change. A
large crowd was present to discuss this topic. They included
many residents from the neighborhood of the property
as well as the property owner, Brian DiMaggio.
The board of county commissioners
4 to 1 to approve the zoning change
their open session
19th at 1:30 PM, in Room 311 of the county office building.
Only commissioner Shoemaker voted against the change.
This is contrary to the unanimous decision of the Planning
and Zoning Commission recommending to deny the
According to the Baltimore
Sun, the owner of the property
will not take any action for a month, in case the decision
is appealed. According to the County Attorney, "An
appeal would need to be filed within 30 days of the Board's
written decision (Jan 23, 2014) to the Circuit Court
for Carroll County. The
appeal will result in a Court review of the evidence
presented to the Commissioners and entails the preparation
of legal memoranda and oral argument before the Judge."
public hearing on this rezoning request took place
on December 5, 2013
at 10 AM in the County Office building,
311. Comments on this proposed change may be sent to Andrea Gerhard,
This was On
the Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda for
10/15/13. At this meeting, the P&Z board voted unanimously
to recommend to the Board of Commissioners Not to change
the zoning, as they found no evidence that a mistake
change petition will next be considered by the commissioners,
after a public hearing. This was introduced at the November
21, 2013 Board Of Commissioners meeting at 1:30 PM in
The owner of the site previously approved
for an auto repair facility at this
a zoning change from BNR (neighborhood business) to BG (business general). A
BG zone would allow for a larger facility to be built or many other different
business uses. This was "introduced" at the 9/17/13 Planning and Zoning
meeting and was listed incorrectly on the agenda as "Emory Rd and Old Gamber
Request Map Site
Corridor Plan - APPROVED 8/29/2013: ( More
At the 9/17/2013 planning and zoning commission meeting a
of the Finksburg Plan. The first step may be the rezoning of
mentioned parcel and many others. See the Proposed
information meeting (not hearing) to answer questions about the FCP rezonings
30, 2013 @ 7 pm in the County Office Building.
Commission recommended BG zoning for all the properties
to go from
Industrial to Commercial zoning and for the property
at Md. 91 and Md. 140.
commissioners planed to vote on this matter at their
meeting on December
5th, 2013 at 1:30 PM, county office building room 311. A
public hearing on the Finksburg Plan Rezonings, with the
county commissioners, was held November 21st in
the County Office Building.
The Finksburg Corridor Plan has taken over 10 years to
complete. There have been numerous changes, starts and
stops along the way. The incredible journey
and timeline of this plan is documented here.
Plan for Carroll County: More Information
The 2014 Carroll County Master Plan is currently underway. The timing of the
updated 2010 County Master Plan is to have a staff draft complete by the end
of the 2013 calendar year. To date the Planning Commission was issued Chapters
1-4 at their regularly scheduled work session on November 6th and Chapters 5-8
will be distributed at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held in Room 003 of the County Office
Building, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland.
The long anticipated Dunkin Donuts project on MD 140 was on the Planning
and Zoning Commission
November 19, 2013 for Concept Plan Review in the Regan Room in the County Office
Building. This is not final plan approval.
140 Bridge at Baltimore County Line, Set For 2 Year Repair:
The $7 million Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
bridge rehabilitation project includes replacing the deck
(driving surface) and supporting steel beams and widening
the shoulders of the MD 140 Bridge over the North Branch
of the Patapsco River (Liberty Reservoir). Beginning early
spring and continuing through fall 2014, the bridge will
be reduced from four to three lanes, one of which will
be a reversible lane carrying traffic towards Baltimore
during the morning rush hour and towards Westminster during
the evening rush hour and weekends. Nov
54,000 vehicles cross this bridge daily in and out of Finksburg. Traffic will
be impacted for an estimated two years! Construction is to start in the
of 2013 Spring 2014 (updated) and should be complete by Spring 2015? See
the following for more details: http://tinyurl.com/MD140bridge.
We have added a blog to our web site. The
blog is a great way for us to communicate and discuss
topics of interest. Check it out and participate.
A reminder that itís time to pay 2014 membership
dues. To join or renew with our group, it only costs $10 per family and $25 for
businesses. We accept online payments and
checks. Please use the membership page. Business members
are welcome to schedule a short presentation about their business at a general
membership meeting. Thanks for your help and support.
Finksburg Residents and Businesses!
A gateway tax credit has been enacted for
the Maryland Route 140 Corridor through Finksburg
from the Baltimore
County line. This proposal is important to the future
development of the Finksburg Community.
FPACC is a strong proponent of a Gateway Renovation
Tax Credit. In a letter addressed to Lawrence (Larry)
Twele, Director, Carroll County Department
of Economic Development,
we recommend that the proposed ordinance only be
for improvement to existing businesses for facade, layout,
that adhere strictly to the design guidelines. Furthermore
strongly urged them to consider the inclusion of
Planning Dept., the Planning and Zoning Commission,
and the Rt.
140 Design Guidelines. Full
Letter. The final
approved ordinance was modified from what was
originally proposed and addressed some of our concerns.
informed!† Attend the Next