Planners table two developments
Members of the Morgan County Planning Commission set aside consideration of two residential subdivisions and gave the okay for two new commercial buildings along U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs.
Ancora Estates, a 20-acre proposed development with eight lots along Sir Johns Run Road, was tabled at the request of developer George Brent. Planners may consider changes to the original subdivision designs at their December meeting.
The first phase of Huntington Farms, a 22-lot development on 32.7 acres in Unger, was tabled by the Planning Commission because of several concerns from county engineers.
Planners have asked developer Paul Van Wagner to address problems with water drainage, silt and roads in the first section of Huntington Farms, which will eventually include 56 lots.
In a letter to Van Wagner, County Planner Alma Gorse directed the developer to rework ditches, install turn-arounds, install rip-rap for drainage and remove silt accumulated in an emergency spillway. He will also have to guarantee that subdivision roads will be asphalted once the development is complete, said Gorse's letter.
The Huntington Farms project will be on the agenda for the December 4 planning meeting.
Permits were approved for the construction of two commercial buildings along U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs.
Planners okayed plans by Ken Reed to tear down the house that previously held Reed's Pharmacy and build a 3,000-square-ft. building that will contain two retail/office units.
A permit was also issued for the construction of an 18,000-square-ft. service center for regional electric company Allegheny Power. The center, which will include a 1,400 square-ft. garage, will be built on the west side of U.S. 522, across from Shirley Drive. Planners approved the plans contingent on the engineer securing the water, sewer and highway entrance permits for the project.
The planning board will meet in a special workshop session on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss changes to the county's Subdivision Ordi-nance.
Agenda items include an overall review of the ordinance, the addition of some items from the Comprehensive Plan and consideration of cluster development regulations.
The next regular meeting of the Planning Commission is Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m.