FPACC: Finksburg McDonalds - Meeting with developers,
community and local official (candidate), Finksburg Dunkin
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
Where: Finksburg Branch Carroll County Public Library
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 is
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.
Candidates Forum May 22, 2014:
FPACC hosted a Commissioner Candidates
forum for the three republican candidates running for County
for our district (#2). This was a huge success and an
incredible opportunity to meet our three candidates in
a small intimate
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.
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 – email@example.com
Funeral Home Project:
A funeral home is being constructed at
the corner of MD Route 91 and Bloom Road. The Planning
reviewed and approved, with minor changes, the final site
plan at their 2/18/14 meeting. On Tuesday May 27th, 10am,
there was a groundbreaking ceremony on the property to
commemorate the start of construction.
For more info: Jeffrey Eline 410-833-1414 or Steven Eline
A reminder that it’s 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
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.
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