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FPACC: Master Plan Meeting With County Representatives

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

Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs are invited
When: TBD
Where: Finksburg Branch Carroll County Public Library

General Membership Meeting, August 28, 2014:
Discussion Of the new County Master Plan:
Our county planners, Lynda Eisenberg and Andrea Gerhard, joined us to discuss the new Master Plan including the Employment Campus proposal for the Gerstell property. It was an informal presentation, with a brief overview of the plan and process and an opportunity for question and answer. This was a very important meeting as the master plan will set the direction for development in Finksburg as well as the rest of the county for years to come. Proposed Land Use Map of Finksburg

Master Plan for Carroll County, Proposed Employment Campus on Gerstell Property: More Information
The 2014 Carroll County Master Plan is now up for 60-day public review after it was accepted Tuesday (8/19/14) by the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Of note to the Finksburg area is the new land use designation of Employment Campus that has been proposed for the Gerstell 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 as part of the plan. The county will schedule five community meetings across Carroll in September to give residents an opportunity to comment. The planning commission will have a public hearing for the plan in late October. The planning commission will then vote to approve it, and it will be forwarded to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for approval in November. But if the board of commissioners rejects the plan, the whole process will start all over again.

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.

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.

Commissioner Candidates Forum May 22, 2014:

FPACC hosted a Commissioner Candidates forum for the three republican candidates running for County Commissioner for our district (#2). This was a huge success and an incredible opportunity to meet our three candidates in a small intimate setting. candidates/gen_Listings_2014_1__by_county_07.html
As 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.

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 –

Eline Funeral Home Project:
A funeral home is being constructed at 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. 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 410-239-8163

Membership Dues:
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.

The 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.

Verizon 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.

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!


Finksburg Planning And Citizens' Council, Inc. P O Box 70 Finksburg, Maryland 21048


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