Pub­lic hear­ing set on zon­ing changes

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

CH­ESTER­TOWN — An or­di­nance that would make text amend­ment changes to the town’s zon­ing reg­u­la­tions will be the sub­ject of a pub­lic hear­ing 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Ch­ester­town Town Man­ager Bill Inger­soll in­tro­duced the or­di­nance Mon­day night at the coun­cil meet­ing.

When the town an­nexed the Dixon Busi­ness Cam­pus prop­erty in 2016, it promised the prop­erty own­ers that the town would add a mixed-use zone.

The town’s plan­ning com­mis­sion at its reg­u­lar meet­ing in Oc­to­ber dis­cussed and ap­proved the text amend­ments to al­low most of the com­mer­cial uses as de­scribed in the C-3 Neigh­bor­hood Com­mer­cial Zon­ing in the new L1-2 Zon- ing, while ex­clud­ing res­i­den­tial uses on ground floors, con­ve­nience stores and drive-throughs.

Also on Mon­day night, Inger­soll in­tro­duced an or­di­nance that would al­low the town to de­clare cer­tain prop­erty to be sur­plus and au­tho­rize its sale.

The prop­erty can­not be sold with­out first es­tab­lish­ing ap­praised value or no­ti­fy­ing the pub­lic of the in­tended sale.

Inger­soll iden­ti­fied the prop­er­ties as a “tiny sliver” — 1,058 square feet — in the 300-block of Can­non Street that is ba­si­cally sur­rounded by the same owner on ei­ther side. It was an aban­doned en­trance to the lot that is now called the town’s pub­lic works yard.

The par­cel is an is­land and un­build­able. The pro­posal is to sell it to a neigh­bor for $5,000, ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance.

The sec­ond prop­erty is a com­mer­cial lot at 103 Flat­land Road, about a half-acre on the cor­ner of state routes 213 and 514.

Inger­soll said the town pur­chased the prop­erty in 2002 for $10,000 from the Sprin­kle es­tate. The idea was that some­day there would be a bas­ket­ball fa­cil­ity there.

The town far sur­passed that with de­vel­op­ment of Gate­way Park on the other side of state Route 20, so there is no need to hold on to the Flat­land Road prop­erty, Inger­soll.

Declar­ing these prop­er­ties sur­plus and try­ing to sell them fol­lows the town’s pol­icy of “don’t own any more land that is un­taxed than you pos­si­bly have to,” Inger­soll said.

This will be dis­cussed again at the Nov. 19 meet­ing. If the or­di­nance is en­acted then, it will be­come ef­fec­tive Dec. 10.

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