Next Meeting 2/26/2015: "Life is Great in 21048"
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library
membership Meeting 2/26/2015:
Open discussion. Master plan progress. FPACC election discussion. Finksburg day
Review of Planned Development in Finksburg:
The following development plan was scheduled for review
at the Technical Review Committee meeting at 9:15 a.m.
Monday February 23, 2015 in Rooms 003
and 004 (Reagan Room) of the
County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster, Maryland. The developer
representative was available at the meeting to address any questions concerning
the project. The development plan is available
for review at the Department
of Land Use, Planning, &
Development, Room 204, County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster,
Maryland. For further information, please call the Bureau of Development Review
PROJECT: S-14-0026 –Gerstell Academy Phase Five,
Alumni House & Storage Shed
DESCRIPTION: Concept site plan for a 12,700 SF Alumni House & a
5,000 SF Storage Shed
LOCATION: East of Baltimore Boulevard (MD Route 140) at
Brown Road, E. D. 4
OWNER: The Freven Foundation, LLC, 10706 Beaverdam Road,
5th Floor Sinclair Building,
Cockeysville, MD 21030
DEVELOPER: Same as Owner
ENGINEER: Site Design Concepts, 127 West Main Street, Suite
200, York, PA 17401
PROJECT MGR.: Laura Matyas – email@example.com
Membership Meeting - Meet Our Commissioner,
to everyone that joined us at our meeting. The turnout
was great and we had a very informative meeting.
Special thanks to Commissioner Weaver and all the county
staff that participated!
A reminder that it’s time to pay 2015 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.
Notice of Tentative Determination - Congoleum Corporation,
Congoleum Corporation, 4401 Ridge Road, PA 19061
submitted an application for renewal of a permit (Application
for State Discharge Permit 12-DP-0422 NPDES Permit MD0001384)
to discharge an average for approximately 117,600 gallons
per day of sanitary and excess process wastewater, and
variable volumes of storm water from a flooring felt manufacturing
facility, located at 2700 Emory Road, Finksburg, MD to
the North Branch Patapsco River. A public hearing on the
tentative determination will be scheduled if a written
request is received by February 6, 2015.
The request should
be sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment,
Water Management Administration, 1800
Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD, 21230-1708, Attn: Mr. Michael
Richardson, Chief, Industrial and General Permits Division
and must include the name, address and phone number (home
and work) of the person making the request, the name of
any other party whom the person making the request may
represent, and the name of the facility and permit number.
Further information will be published on January 16 and
23, 2015 or contact Mr. Richardson at 410-537-3323 or 800-633-6101.
Additional Information: http://www.mddcnews.com/index.php/public_notices/article/2972539ad4/
Plan for Carroll County:
Proposed Land Use Map of Finksburg
2014 Carroll County Master Plan 60-day
public review has ended. The period started after
it was accepted Tuesday (8/19/14) by the Carroll County
Of note to the Finksburg area is the new land use designation
of Employment Campus that has been proposed
Academy property. Also of note at the 8/19 meeting was some confusion
about the inclusion of a letter
from the commissioners to be added
part of the plan (later removed by the planning commission). The Carroll
County Planning and Zoning Commission
hosted a public hearing on November 5, 2014 beginning
at 6:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Community College, Building K, Room 100, located
at 1601 Washington
Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157. The purpose of the public hearing was
Planning and Zoning Commission to accept testimony from the public with regards
to the 2014 Carroll County Master Plan. The hearing format does not provide for
a question and answer exchange. A full copy of the Accepted Plan is
available for review, during regular office hours at the
Carroll County Department of Planning, Room 204, Carroll County Office Building,
225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157, or on the Department's website
at http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/compplan/masterplan2014/. You may also call
and request a hard copy of the plan. Written comments should be addressed to
the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission: Carroll County Department
of Land Use, Planning and Development, 225 North Center Street, Westminster,
Maryland, 21157 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both oral and/or written
comments may be given at the hearing and all comments must be received prior
to the close of the hearing to be considered. Any further questions should be
addressed to the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, Department of Land Use, Planning
and Development, phone 410-386-2145, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland,
21157; TT 410-848-9747.
Mills Road to be Closed:
Kays Mill Road is
scheduled to be closed at the MD 140 intersection for road
improvements. It is estimated to be closed for about 80
2015. A community
meeting to discuss the project was be held by SHA on 10/21/2014
in the Sandymount Elementary Cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 PM.
New Development in Finksburg:
The following project was to be discussed at the
9/22/14 Technical Review Committee meeting, but was withdrawn
as of 9/15/2014.
PROJECT: 030-C-02 – Chenopodium Acres Phase 4-8
DESCRIPTION: Concept subdivision plan for 84 new residential lots
LOCATION: East side of Bollinger Road at Hook Road, E. D. 4
OWNER: Francis L. & Mary Jean Bollinger, 1343 Bollinger Road, Westminster,
DEVELOPER: Same as Owner
ENGINEER: D.R.S. & Associates, 52 Winters Street, Westminster, MD 21157
PROJECT MGR.: Laura Matyas – email@example.com
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 voted 4 to 1 to
approve the zoning change at their open session meeting
Thursday, December 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 change.
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."A Petition for Judicial
Review (an appeal) was filed in the Circuit Court of
Carroll County on 2/11/2014, Case # C-14-65779. Map
of petitioners locations relative to the subject property.
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 was made. The zoning 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 County Office building.
The owner of the site previously approved for an auto repair facility at this
location has requested 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 Commission meeting and was listed incorrectly on
the agenda as "Emory Rd and Old Gamber Rd".
Request Map Site
Membership Meeting, June 26th, 2014:
Discussion Of the
McDonalds Proposed for Finksburg:
The developers, neighbors
as well as our Republican candidate
for commissioner, Mr. Weaver, joined
us to discuss
of this proposal. This meeting was an example of local
government, community organizations
and business cooperation at its best!
This project is on the Planning and Zoning
Commission agenda for July 15, 2014 for Concept Plan Review in the
in the County Office Building at 9:30 AM. http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/agendas/docs/07-15-14.pdf
See details of this project, below.
The long anticipated Dunkin Donuts project on MD 140
was on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for
2014 for FINAL Site Plan Review in the Regan Room
in the County Office Building at 9:30 AM. This may be the final plan approval.
Proposed for Finksburg:
The development plan was scheduled
for review at the Technical Review Committee meeting
on Thursday May 22, 2014 in Rooms
003 and 004 (Reagan Room) of the County Office Building,
225 N. Center Street, Westminster, Maryland. The developer
or their representative will be available at the meeting
to address any questions concerning the project.
A citizen comment period will immediately follow the
technical review of the plan. Citizen comments may be
verbal or written. The development plan is available
for review at the Department of Land Use, Planning, & Development,
Room 204, County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street,
Westminster, Maryland. For further information, please
call the Bureau of Development Review at 410-386-2145.
PROJECT: S-14-008 – McDonald’s – Mudgett Business
DESCRIPTION: Concept site plan for 4,567 sf McDonalds
in existing planned business center
LOCATION: West side of Dede Road, north of MD Rt. 140,
E. D. 4
OWNER: Mudgett Family, LLC, 2960 Dede Road, Finksburg,
DEVELOPER: McDonald’s USA, LLC Baltimore – Washington Region,
6903 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20817
ENGINEER: Baltimore Land Design Group, 230 Schilling Circle,
Suite 364, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
PROJECT MGR.: Patrick Varga – firstname.lastname@example.org
Corridor Plan - APPROVED 8/29/2013: ( More
At the 9/17/2013 planning and
zoning commission meeting a discussion
of the Finksburg Plan. The first step may be the rezoning of
mentioned parcel and many others. See the Proposed
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.
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.
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