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Next Meeting: April 26 2018, Carroll Comprehensive Rezoning

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

Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs are invited
When: 4/26/2018, 7-8:30 PM
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library


4/26/18 General Meeting: County Comprehensive Rezoning Efforts
Lynda Eisenberg, from the Carroll County Department of Planning, will attend to discuss the County Comprehensive Rezoning efforts. You can learn more about this effort by visiting http://www.CarrollRezoning.org and subscribe to Carroll Connect for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/2050340428582325/

Membership Dues:
A reminder that it’s 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 2018
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 reported its slate of nominees. At the April meeting, the election will take place.

3/22/18 General Meeting: Carroll County Bike and Pedestrian Plan
Nokomis Ford, Comprehensive Planner for Carroll County will give updates and answer questions about the Bike-Ped Plan which is going before the Planning Commission again on March 20. You can visit and subscribe for updates at www.CarrollBikePedPlan.org and contact ccplanning@ccg.carr.org or 410-386-5145 with questions/comments. Facebook Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/156707361686907/

The US Postal Service has moved the Finksburg Post Office:
The Finksburg Post Office is now located in the Finksburg Plaza.

Carroll County to Apply for Finksburg to be Designated a Sustainable Community
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 Finksburg (a 600-acre region surrounding 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 to businesses
• 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

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: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-maximize2040-transportation-plan-20150219,0,6699598.story?page=1

Proposed 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 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
PLAN REVIEW, NO ACTION REQUIRED
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.
9:10
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
DEVELOPER: same
ENGINEER: Steven K. Broyles & Associates, 2022 Brown Road, Finksburg, MD 21048
PROJECT MGR.: Clayton R. Black- cblack@ccg.carr.org

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!

 

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