FPACC: Board of Education Candidate Forum 10/23/2014
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
When: October 23, 2014, 7 PM
Where: Finksburg Branch Carroll County Public Library
Membership Meeting, October 23, 2014: School Board -
Three of the six candidates for the Board of Education
will be joining us to discuss the very important issues facing
public education in Carroll County. In attendance will be:
Bob Lord, Devon Rothschild and Virginia R. Harrison. Come
hear what the issues are facing the county and the school
There will be time for the candidates to take questions from
the audience. This is an important time in our county, come
out and learn about each one.
Plan for Carroll County:
Proposed Land Use Map of Finksburg
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
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
part of the plan. The
community meetings across Carroll in September (ending 9/23/14). The Carroll
County Planning and Zoning Commission
will host a public hearing on November 5, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the
Carroll County Community College, Building K, Room 100, located at 1601 Washington
Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157. The purpose of the public hearing is for the
Planning and Zoning Commission to accept testimony from the public with regards
to the 2014 Carroll County Master Plan. The hearing format does not provide for
a question and answer exchange. Those wishing to testify will have to sign-up
before the hearing and will have three (3) minutes to speak. Previously there
were five (5) public outreach forums for question and answer exchange held in
various locations throughout the county. A full copy of the Accepted Plan is
available for review prior to the hearing, during regular office hours at the
Carroll County Department of Planning, Room 204, Carroll County Office Building,
225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157, or on the Department's website
at http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/compplan/masterplan2014/. You may also call
and request a hard copy of the plan. Written comments should be addressed to
the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission: Carroll County Department
of Land Use, Planning and Development, 225 North Center Street, Westminster,
Maryland, 21157 or emailed to email@example.com. Both oral and/or written
comments may be given at the hearing and all comments must be received prior
to the close of the hearing to be considered. Any further questions should be
addressed to the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, Department of Land Use, Planning
and Development, phone 410-386-2145, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland,
21157; TT 410-848-9747.
Mills Road to be Closed:
Kays Mill Road is
scheduled to be closed at the MD 140 intersection for road
improvements. It is estimated to be closed for about 80
2015. A community
meeting to discuss the project will be held by SHA on 10/21/2014
in the Sandymount Elementary Cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 PM.
New Development in Finksburg:
The following project was to be discussed at the
9/22/14 Technical Review Committee meeting, but was withdrawn
as of 9/15/2014.
PROJECT: 030-C-02 – Chenopodium Acres Phase 4-8
DESCRIPTION: Concept subdivision plan for 84 new residential lots
LOCATION: East side of Bollinger Road at Hook Road, E. D. 4
OWNER: Francis L. & Mary Jean Bollinger, 1343 Bollinger Road, Westminster,
DEVELOPER: Same as Owner
ENGINEER: D.R.S. & Associates, 52 Winters Street, Westminster, MD 21157
PROJECT MGR.: Laura Matyas – firstname.lastname@example.org
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".
Request Map Site
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
was on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for
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 5/27/2014,
there was a groundbreaking ceremony on the property.
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.
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