Meeting 4/23/2015: With Commissioner Weaver, Sheriff DeWees
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library
membership Meeting 4/23/2015: Meet
the Commish, New Sheriff in Town
Meeting with Commissioner Weaver and Sheriff DeWees, Open discussion. FPACC election.
Mills Road to be Closed: More
Kays Mill Road is scheduled to be closed at the
MD 140 intersection for road improvements, for about 80 days
starting in June 2015. Detour signs will be in place to direct
traffic. The project description is: "SHA is adding
an acceleration lane to benefit motorists traveling from
Kays Mill Road onto eastbound MD 140." SHA reports that
the contact has been awarded to CJ Miller, of Westminster
and the project is on schedule.
Day is October 3, 2015 @ Finksburg Plaza, Save the Date:
Stay tuned for further information.
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
and pedestrian lanes. - See more at: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-maximize2040-transportation-plan-20150219,0,6699598.story?page=1
Plan for Carroll County: More
On February 26, 2015 the Carroll County Board of Commissioners Adopted the
2014 County Master Plan. This plan is an update of the county's 2000 Master Plan.
It is a culmination of approximately 2 years, and thousands of hours, of work
by the Planning and Zoning Commission Members and county staff (and FPACC).
Hard copies can be purchased for $20 without a poster Master Plan map or $28.50
with it included. Plans can be purchased at the Department of Land Use Planning
and Development, 225 North Center Street, Suite 204, Westminster Maryland. A
downloadable version of the plan can be found using the More Information Link,
Membership Meeting - Meet Our Commissioner,
to everyone that joined us at our meeting. The turnout
was great and we had a very informative meeting.
Special thanks to Commissioner Weaver and all the county
staff that participated!
A reminder that it’s time to pay 2015 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.
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 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".
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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.
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
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