Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
When: To be announced
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library
Steak n Shake Restaurant & Planned Business Center,
LOCATION: North side of Baltimore Boulevard (MD Route 140), east of Dede Road.
Technical Review Meeting
6/27/2016. The plan documents are: Document1, Document2, Document3, Document4,
Some comments from the June 27, 2016 meeting are as follows:
»Landscaping was disapproved – landscaping needs to be taken out of the MD-140
ROW (right of way)
»The Steak and Shake owners say they are limited to 99
»SHA (not present) – requires parking spaces be taken
out of the ROW; developer is working with SHA to address
»Emergency Services – Electric fire pumps must be tested
monthly; diesel pumps must be tested weekly
Planning – Site plan is consistent with the plan land use.
The service road in place of Walnut
Park Internal Circulation Road is sufficient. However,
Planning requested extending the service road to the property
line to enhance the consistency of the site plan with the
Finksburg Corridor Comprehensive Plan.
»Developer says the
54 inch pipe within the utility easement and 6ft drop in
grade could be a problem but willing to
look into the feasibility
»A traffic study was done that
is still being reviewed by Development Review
Planning and Zoning Commission has the following item
on their April 19th 2016 Agenda:
Concept Site Plan Review
C. S-15-0005 - Crossroads Vehicle Repair Shop (1st Amended) - Owner/Developer
Virginia Dimaggio, LLC; located at the corner of MD Route 91 (Gamber Road) and
Route 879 (Old Gamber Road); Tax Map 64, Block 3, Parcel 499; E.D. 4 - CONCEPT
PLAN REVIEW, NO ACTION REQUIRED
See the meeting agenda
Billboard Proposed for Route 140:
Representatives of Clear Channel Communications attended the April 2016 meeting
of the FPACC Board to give a presentation regarding Clear Channels plan
to replace one of their standard billboards with a digital billboard. The two-sided
billboard is located on Route 140, on the eastbound side, near the Sun Belt Rental
business. The company believes that the billboard will not be visible to area
residences and studies indicate that the digital signage is not a dangerous distraction
The billboard changes ads every 10 seconds. There is no movement of the content;
the ads are static and change without transitions. The existing billboard will
be torn down and rebuilt, but the new billboard will be approximately the same
Clear Channel partners with Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to post
severe weather warnings (e.g., hurricane, blizzard, tornado) as requested. The
company also works with Homeland Security to post Amber Alerts, and works with
the FBI to post information about fugitives. Clear Channel also works with the
Polaris Group to provide information about preventing human trafficking.
Magazine Names Finksburg a Hidden Gem¯:
In the April 2016 issue of Baltimore magazine, our very own Finksburg was named
one of ten Hidden Gem Neighborhoods¯ in the Baltimore area.
Finksburg was described as a community that reeks of small-town Americana
but [is] close to the big city.¯
The article noted [Finksburgs] location on the Baltimore County
line just northwest of Reisterstown puts it very near I-795 leading to Baltimore,
but it feels lot farther from the bright lights of the big city. Its
quiet, rural, and affordable, and its only six miles from bustling downtown
The magazine added, Sure, there are good public schools, low taxes,
and low crime. But what makes Finksburg unique and welcoming
is the sense of community (including a mention about FPACC).
The entire article is now available in the print edition of the magazine. After
April 25, the article will also be available online at www.BaltimoreMagazine.net.
A reminder that it’s time to pay 2016 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.
Sandymount Elementary School Closure and Redistricting
Link to boundary adjustment committee report: http://www.carrollk12.org/Assets/file/BOE/BAC%20Final%20Report%2009092015_updated.pdf
Hundreds of Finksburg area residents have organized
in an effort to keep Sandymount Elementary school open.
Their web site is: http://www.savesandymount.org .
is in the Maximize 2040 plan:
The plan, being developed by the Baltimore Regional
Transportation Board, is called Maximize 2040 and
will contain a list of major transportation projects
the regional board expects to implement between 2020 and 2040. One item in
plan listed as a high priority item is: Md. 140: intersection and interchange
improvements from Baltimore County Line to Kays Mill Road. Project includes
adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes. - See more at: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-maximize2040-transportation-plan-20150219,0,6699598.story?page=1
Vehicle Repair Facility, Crossroads Auto for property
at Old Gamber Rd and Gamber Rd (MD 91).
following development plan was reviewed
at the Technical Review Committee meeting starting
at 9:00 a.m. Monday April 27, 2015 in Rooms 003
and 004 (Reagan Room) of the County Office Building,
Street, Westminster, Maryland. The developer or their
representative were be available at the meeting
to address any questions concerning the project.
A citizen comment period immediately followed 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-15-0005 Amended Site Plan for Crossroads
Vehicle Repair Shop
DESCRIPTION: Concept site plan for 18,000 square foot
vehicle repair shop
LOCATION: Intersection of Old Gamber Road and Gamber
Road (MD Route 91) E.D. 4
OWNER: Brian & Virginia Dimaggio LLC, 3425 Old
Gamber Road Finksburg, MD 21048
ENGINEER: Steven K. Broyles & Associates, 2022
Brown Road, Finksburg, MD 21048
PROJECT MGR.: Clayton R. Black- 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. In
February of 2015 the court found in favor of the County
on this case. The petitioners have filed an appeal.
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 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
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.
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