Planning commission OKs newest annexation request
Proposal now heads to Easton Town Council
EASTON — Easton Planning Commission members on Thursday, Aug. 17, unanimously voted to positively recommend the town council annex two parcels of land north of Easton’s current boundary.
JD Oliver LLC wants the town to annex nearly 4 acres of land at 9433 Ocean Gateway, which consists of two parcels that sit just east of U.S. Route 50, adjacent to the current town boundary that runs along the highway.
The properties are operated for large truck and equipment sales and services. The property immediately to the east of Route 50 primarily operates as the sales facility, and further east of that is a property that carries out repairs for the business, according to Brendan Mullaney, a lawyer representing JD Oliver LLC.
Ryan Showalter, Mullaney’s colleague also representing the company, said what’s driving the annexation request is the business there has septic limitations and “struggles to figure out how to expand in the county.” Businesses wanting to hook up to Easton’s public water and sewer services have been a driving force behind several recent annexations proposed in Easton. The applicant also was granted a request that the planning commission recommend a general commercial zoning for the two properties.
“Sales of autos is permitted in the general commercial zoning under the town’s ordinance and repair of automobiles is permitted by special exception,” Mullaney said at the planning commission meeting.
“After annexation, the town treats the use of auto repair as being approved for special exception, but any modification of that special exception on the building or use of that parcel would require us to come in front of you and the board of appeals as a modification for the special exception,” he said.
The properties to the north, south and east of the proposed annexation properties are currently not inside of the town’s boundaries either, but Easton Town Attorney Sharon Van Emburgh said the JD Oliver property passes the town’s requirement that the land be contiguous to the town’s current boundaries.
The annexation request has to go before Talbot County’s planning commission and eventually the county council, which has to approve it and zoning for the parcels. Easton Town Council members also have to approve the annexation.
Businesses wanting to hook up to Easton’s public water and sewer services have been a driving force behind several recent annexations proposed in Easton.