MOUNTY AIRY — MOUNT AIRY -- The town Planning and Zoning Commission gave its OK Monday night to two projects and asked for more information on two others.
* Approved a site plan for the Mount Airy Community Center at Ridge Road and Park Avenue, town planner Teresa M. Bamberger said.
Plans for a gravel driveway at the center must be approved by the council, she said.
* Approved a site plan for Mount Airy Auto Sales, a used car business west of Dubbaneh Plaza on West Ridgeville Boulevard, she said.
* Asked Accubid Excavation Inc., which wants to build office and maintenance buildings and an equipment storage lot in the Mount Airy Industrial Park, for a more detailed plan, Bamberger said.
Some information was missing from the plan, she said.
The business would be the first to locate in the park.
* Suggested that developers of Mount Airy Hamlet, an 18-lot residential development on 6.5 acres off North Main Street, develop a better road network, Bamberger said.
* Discussed two ordinance amendments that would allow the commission to approve gravel parking areas under certain conditionsand front-yard setbacks on certain properties without approval from the Board of Appeals, she said.
The commission voted unanimously to recommend that the council adopt the amendments, she said.
* Agreed to meet at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the town hall for a work sessionon the town master plan.
PLANNERS TAKE FIELD TRIP
HAMPSTEAD -- County Planning Commission members walked along a proposed route to connect McAllister Lane to Upper Beckleysville Road yesterday afternoon and found that the alignment is farther away fromhomes than they had thought.
County planner Scott Fischer said the commission walked along stakes showing the alignment that had been proposed and an alternative. The walk was about 1,500 feet, he said.
McAllister Lane will need to be extended as development and traffic increase in the next 10 years.
The commission talked with area land owners and discussed problems with storm water management.
County commissioners Elmer C. Lippy and Donald I. Dell also attended the"field trip," Fischer said.
BOARD GRANTS WAIVER
The county Planning Commission voted yesterday to recommend to the county commissioners that they grant a zoning waiver for the Phillips' property that maybe annexed into Union Bridge.
County planning staff recommended the commission approve the waiver, which is required when zoning on the land proposed for annexation is different in the town than in the county.
The differences in this case are minor, and density under town zoning is less than under county zoning, planner Steve Horn said.
The town will hear public comment on the proposed annexation of the 170-acre Phillips' property located east of town at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Community Center.
Developers plan a mix of commercial andresidential uses on the land. New residents could triple the town's population.
LAST BUDGETS REVIEWED
The county commissioners reviewed on Monday the last of the budget submissions for fiscal 1993, whichbegins July 1.
The Department of Management and Budget submitted a proposed $1.9 million spending plan that is 7.42 percent, or $131,715, more than the current revised budget.
Steven D. Powell, director of management and budget, told the commissioners the bulk of the increase is due to rising costs associated with risk management.
The department's $926,245 risk-management budget increased 14.3 percent. Budget analysts attributed the boost to increased insurance costs.
Powell said costs for workers compensation increased $50,000, while casualty insurance rose $65,000. Other increases were attributed tothe effects of inflation.
Without the increases in risk management, Powell said his department's overall budget would have increased by only 1.4 percent.
The department's proposed administration spending plan is 0.4 percent more than the current revised budget. Powell attributed the increase to costs associated with supplies and materials. Other programs within the department submitted spending plans ranging from level funding to an 8.8 percent decrease in current budgets.
He said there was some restoration of money for traveling, cut from the 1992 fiscal budget.
Commissioners have postponed work sessions on the proposed $115 million spending plan until the General Assembly approves a budget for fiscal 1993.
Powell has said the spending plan is dependent on the resolution of the state budget.
"We are done until the state tells us what we are going to do," he said.