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
A reminder that its time to pay 2018 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.
FPACC election season is upon us. A nomination
committee has been formed. The committee includes Craig Paskoski,
Sissy Altstatt and Chris Gayo. In March the Nominating Committee
will report its slate of
nominees. If you wish to run for any
FPACC board position or get more
information, please contact us at email@example.com.
US Postal Service has moved the Finksburg Post Office:
The Finksburg Post Office is now located in the Finksburg Plaza.
Membership Meeting 1/25/18: Carroll
County Long Term Advisory Council
David O'Callaghan, a member of the Long Term Advisory Council will join us
to discuss this new county council. https://www.facebook.com/events/1447633485335396/
More information on this organization is
County to Apply for Finksburg to be Designated a Sustainable
The planning staff of Carroll County government invited
Finksburg residents and local area businesses to participate
in a work group to apply for Finksburg
to be designated as a Maryland
Sustainable Community. The work group met for the first time on June 12, 2017..
Nokomis Ford, Comprehensive Planner from Carroll County
government, is leading the meetings. The final application
was submitted to the state in January 2018.
The Sustainable Communities Program is an initiative of
the State of Maryland that offers various benefits to designated
communities. The program seeks to improve the quality of
life in designated communities by offering a toolbox of
financing programs and tax credit incentives. There is
no downside to the Sustainable Communities designation
it does not limit business or property owners in any
way and it can help provide partial funding for various
projects. All incorporated towns in Carroll County already
have this designation. Once designated, businesses and
residents in a small area of
the old village of Finksburg) would be able to access a
variety of state programs including:
Support for projects that make the community more attractive
Grants for renovation, energy efficiency, and acquisition
for public benefit
Support for businesses, including job creation tax credits
Homeowner incentives to reduce vacancies
Green improvements, lighting, streetscapes, and signage
Strategic demolition of derelict buildings
Financing to rehabilitate older properties
The work group has been asked to assist with elements
of the application, including quality of life, economy,
transportation, and housing issues, and coming up with
ideas for improving the community over the next five years.
The group has most recently met on January 22, 2018, the
application will be submitted to the state in the next
week. More information on the plan and program is here:
http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/compplanning/Community/Finksburg.aspx and http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/dn/default.aspx
Sandymount Elementary School Closure and Redistricting
Link to boundary adjustment committee report: http://www.carrollk12.org/Assets/file/BOE/BAC%20Final%20Report%2009092015_updated.pdf
Hundreds of Finksburg area residents have organized
in an effort to keep Sandymount Elementary school open.
Their web site is: http://www.savesandymount.org .
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
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: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-maximize2040-transportation-plan-20150219,0,6699598.story?page=1
Vehicle Repair Facility, Crossroads Auto for property
at Old Gamber Rd and Gamber Rd (MD 91).
The Carroll County Times reported on this project
on July 30, 2016 (click
to read). The Planning and Zoning
Commission has the following item on
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)
Route 879 (Old Gamber Road); Tax Map 64, Block 3, Parcel 499; E.D. 4 -
PLAN REVIEW, NO ACTION REQUIRED
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,
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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