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Meeting 4/23/2015: With Commissioner Weaver, Sheriff DeWees

Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting

Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs are invited
When: 4/23/2015
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library

General membership Meeting 4/23/2015: Meet the Commish, New Sheriff in Town
Meeting with Commissioner Weaver and Sheriff DeWees, Open discussion. FPACC election. Finksburg day 2015.

Kays Mills Road to be Closed: More Information
Kays Mill Road is scheduled to be closed at the MD 140 intersection for road improvements, for about 80 days starting in June 2015. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic. The project description is: "SHA is adding an acceleration lane to benefit motorists traveling from Kays Mill Road onto eastbound MD 140." SHA reports that the contact has been awarded to CJ Miller, of Westminster and the project is on schedule.

Finksburg Day is October 3, 2015 @ Finksburg Plaza, Save the Date:
Stay tuned for further information.

Finksburg 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 the 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:,0,6699598.story?page=1

Master Plan for Carroll County: More Information
On February 26, 2015 the Carroll County Board of Commissioners Adopted the 2014 County Master Plan. This plan is an update of the county's 2000 Master Plan. It is a culmination of approximately 2 years, and thousands of hours, of work by the Planning and Zoning Commission Members and county staff (and FPACC). Hard copies can be purchased for $20 without a poster Master Plan map or $28.50 with it included. Plans can be purchased at the Department of Land Use Planning and Development, 225 North Center Street, Suite 204, Westminster Maryland. A downloadable version of the plan can be found using the More Information Link, above.

January Membership Meeting - Meet Our Commissioner, Richard Weaver:

Thanks 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!

Membership Dues:
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.

Rezoning 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 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".

Click for: Zoning Request Map Site Survey

General 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 details 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 Regan Room in the County Office Building at 9:30 AM.
See details of this project, below.

Finksburg Dunkin Donuts:
The long anticipated Dunkin Donuts project on MD 140 was on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for July 15, 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.

McDonalds 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 Center
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, MD 21048
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 –

Finksburg Corridor Plan - APPROVED 8/29/2013: ( More Information)
At the 9/17/2013 planning and zoning commission meeting a discussion was held about implementation of the Finksburg Plan. The first step may be the rezoning of the above mentioned parcel and many others. See the Proposed Rezoning Maps.
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.

MD 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 2013 Announcement.

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 fall of 2013 Spring 2014 (updated) and should be complete by Spring 2015? See the following for more details:

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.

Attention 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) F. Twele, Director, Carroll County Department of Economic Development, we recommend that the proposed ordinance only be for improvement to existing businesses for facade, layout, signs, etc., that adhere strictly to the design guidelines. Furthermore we strongly urged them to consider the inclusion of the 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.

Be informed!  Attend the Next Meeting!


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