Public hearing set on zoning changes
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.