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Next Meeting: TBD

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

Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs are invited
When: To be announced
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library

April 28, 2016 General Membership Meeting:
Carroll County Commissioner Richard Weaver will be at FPACCs April 28 general meeting. He will provide an update on the deliberations of the county commissioners. Additionally, he has invited Jeff Degitz, Director, Carroll County Department of Parks and Recreation, to provide information on the results of the countywide bicycling survey and development of new biking and hiking trails. The FPACC election will also take place.

The 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 Brian &
Virginia Dimaggio, LLC; located at the corner of MD Route 91 (Gamber Road) and MD
Route 879 (Old Gamber Road)
; Tax Map 64, Block 3, Parcel 499; E.D. 4 - CONCEPT
See the meeting agenda here.

Digital 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 to motorists.

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 size.

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.

Baltimore Magazine Names Finksburg a Hidden Gemť:
In the April 2016 issue of Baltimore magazine, our very own Finksburg was named one of ten Hidden Gem Neighborhoodsť in the Baltimore area. Finksburg was described as a community that reeks of small-town Americana but [is] close to the big city.ť

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 Westminster.ť

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

School Board Candidates Forum, 4/6/2016
On Wednesday, April 6, the Finksburg Planning and Citizen’s Council (FPACC) held a Candidates Forum to hear from the individuals who are running for the Carroll County Board of Education. Open to the general public, the meeting will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Finksburg Public Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

The primary election is on Tuesday, April 26. The candidates are as follows:
• Marsha Herbert
• Julie Kingsley
• Mary Kowalski
• Donna Sivigny

Membership Dues:
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.

Possible Sandymount Elementary School Closure and Redistricting
Link to boundary adjustment committee report:
Hundreds of Finksburg area residents have organized in an effort to keep Sandymount Elementary school open. Their web site is: .

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

Proposed Vehicle Repair Facility, Crossroads Auto for property at Old Gamber Rd and Gamber Rd (MD 91).
The 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, 225 N. Center 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-

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 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

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.

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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