FPACC: Candidates Forum, Development Updates,
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
When: April 24, 2014, 7 PM
Where: Finksburg Branch Carroll County Public Library
Candidates Forum May 22, 2014:
FPACC will be hosting a Commissioner Candidates
forum for the three republican candidates running for County
for our district (#2). This is an incredible opportunity
to meet our three candidates in a small intimate setting.
there are no candidates running from another political party,
the election for our commissioner
will be decided in the primary election. The primary
election is June 24, 2014. Early voting is June 12-19,
2014 at the
Westminster Senior Center.
Meeting April 24, 2014:
We will meet to discuss recent developments
on local zoning changes, the master plan, the candiates
forum and to have
the 2014 FPACC election.
Meeting March 2014:
We met to discuss recent developments
on local zoning changes, the master plan, and to finalize
the list of candidates for the 2014 FPACC election of
At the February general membership meeting the Nominating Committee was announced.
the March Meeting the list of candidates was announced. The election takes
at the April Meeting.
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.
Winery, Country Inn, and Farm at Cold Saturday:
The development plan was reviewed
at the Technical Review Committee meeting on Monday March
24, 2014 in Rooms 003 and 004 (Reagan Room) of the County
Office Building, 225
N. Center Street, Westminster, Maryland. The developer
or their representative was available at the meeting
to address any questions concerning the project.
Plan for Carroll County, Proposed Employment Campus on
Gerstell Property: More
The 2014 Carroll County Master Plan is currently underway. The timing of the
updated 2010 County Master Plan was to have a staff draft complete by the end
of the 2013 calendar year and an adopted plan by the end of 2014. Planning and
Zoning Commission meetings are held in Room 003 of the County Office Building,
225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland.
At the March 5th, 2014 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting the current staff
the land use section was presented. Many new and updated land use designations
presented, although specifics were not shared. Of note to the Finksburg area
land use designation of Employment Campus that has been proposed for the Gerstell
Academy property. Other smaller proposed land use changes were not easily determined
county wide maps were presented. Staff emphasized that this plan is only a draft.
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."A Petition
for Judicial Review (an appeal)
Carroll County on 2/11/2014, Case # C-14-65779.
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
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.
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.
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.
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