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

Subtitle: Opponents protest decision
Source: Hagerstown Herald Mail
Author: C.J. Lovelace
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Date Published: 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.