Washington County commissioners approve $544,000 school mitigation for developer

Opponents protest decision
Hagerstown Herald Mail
C.J. Lovelace
06/26/2013
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a school mitigation proposal with a local developer, despite a protest by opponents who turned out with signs asking the commissioners to deny the proposal in accordance with the county’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The commissioners voted 3-1 to allow The Reserve at Collegiate Acres, a planned 272-unit multifamily development in northwest Hagerstown, to move forward at a cost of $2,000 per unit, or $544,000 total, to be paid for schools that will be directly impacted by projected growth from the new apartments. Commissioners President Terry Baker cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent from the meeting. The county plans to hold a public hearing in late July to amend its APFO to add a formula and cost structure for future charges to developers that want to build in areas where schools may be at or over student capacity.

Developer’s appointment to [Washington County] Planning Commission sparks outrage

Sassan Shaool, president of Washco Developments Inc., was appointed to fill one of two vacancies
Hagerstown Herald Mail
Heather Keels
03/26/2011
A decision last month by the Washington County Commissioners to appoint developer Sassan Shaool to the Washington County Planning Commission has sparked outrage among members of a local citizens group. "It just seems to all of us that a developer on the planning commission is like putting a fox to oversee the henhouse," said Jim Laird, President of Citizens for the Protection of Washington County.

Developer's appointment to [Washington County] Planning Commission sparks outrage

Sassan Shaool, president of Washco Developments Inc., was appointed to fill one of two vacancies
Hagerstown Herald Mail
Heather Keels
03/26/2011
A decision last month by the Washington County Commissioners to appoint developer Sassan Shaool to the Washington County Planning Commission has sparked outrage among members of a local citizens group. "It just seems to all of us that a developer on the planning commission is like putting a fox to oversee the henhouse," said Jim Laird, President of Citizens for the Protection of Washington County.