11/16/2017 - History Night - Cold Saturday Farm
Finksburg Planning and Citizens' Council Inc.
Next General Membership Meeting
Who: All residents of Finksburg and its environs
When: November 16, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library
Membership Meeting 11/16/17: Finksburg
History Night! * Note special date
Cold Saturday Farm: https://www.facebook.com/events/845623392278167/
A historical look at one of the oldest farms in Carroll
Presented by Mark Fraser, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Finksburg Public Library
On Thursday, November 16, the Finksburg Planning and Citizenâ€™s
Council (FPACC) will hold a meeting devoted to local history.
Open to the general public, the meeting will be held from
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Finksburg Public Library,
2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.
The speaker will be Mark Fraser, Ph.D. Dr. Fraser is an
avid historian and former curator of the Gatehouse Museum
in Sykesville, Maryland.
His presentation focuses on the history of Cold Saturday
Farm, also known as Clover Hill, located on Gamber Road
(Route 91) in Finksburg and will include several historical
photographs. The farm, settled around 1765, is one of the
oldest and most elegant landmarks in Finksburg.
The presentation is free and advance registration is not
required. For more information, contact Mark Fraser at
Membership Meeting 10/26/17: Commissioner Weaver
Commissioner Weaver to attend Finksburg Planning and
Citizens’ Council Inc Meeting.
Citizens are invited to attend a meeting to hear “What’s
Happening in Carroll”.
This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, share
your concerns, thoughts and ideas. Commissioner Weaver
will be available to discuss items
of general interest to the community.
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,
and continues to meet monthly. Mount Zion Church serves as the host for the
Nokomis Ford, Comprehensive Planner from Carroll County
government, is leading the meetings.
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 will continue to meet until the application is
submitted in February 2018. More information on the program
is here: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/dn/default.aspx
A reminder that it’s time to pay 2017 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.
US Postal Service is Proposing a New Finksburg Post
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND COMMENT PERIOD
The Postal Service invites you to learn more about this project at a public
meeting to be held Tuesday August 30th at 6:00 pm at the Finksburg Public
Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike. Additionally, for 30 days after the public
may submit written comments to the address below for the Postal Service’s consideration
prior to its final decision:
Real Estate Specialist,
United States Postal Service
PO Box 27497,
Greensboro, NC 27498-1103
Steak n Shake Restaurant & Planned Business Center,
NOTE: This is on the Planning and Zoning Commission
Meeting agenda for 8/31/2016 @ 6:00 PM, room 204 of the
County Office Building. The
agenda will be posted 1 week prior to the meeting. http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/compplanning/pzc/
LOCATION: North side of Baltimore Boulevard (MD Route 140), east of Dede Road.
Technical Review Meeting
6/27/2016. The plan documents are: Document1, Document2, Document3, Document4,
Some comments from the June 27, 2016 meeting are as follows:
»Landscaping was disapproved – landscaping needs to be taken out of the
ROW (right of way)
»The Steak and Shake owners say they are limited to 99
»SHA (not present) – requires parking spaces be taken
out of the ROW; developer is working with SHA to address
»Emergency Services – Electric fire pumps must be tested
monthly; diesel pumps must be tested weekly
Planning – Site plan is consistent with the plan land use.
The service road in place of Walnut
Park Internal Circulation Road is sufficient. However,
Planning requested extending the service road to the property
line to enhance the consistency of the site plan with the
Finksburg Corridor Comprehensive Plan.
»Developer says the
54 inch pipe within the utility easement and 6ft drop in
grade could be a problem but willing to
look into the feasibility
»A traffic study was done that
is still being reviewed by Development Review
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
See the meeting agenda
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
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".
Request Map Site
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