Zoning Board To Reconsider Screening Of Power Substation

April 21, 1997

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals has been asked to reconsider its decision to allow trees and a fence as adequate screening around a planned power substation.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the first-floor hearing room of Winchester Hall in Frederick. The board will not hear new testimony but will base its decision on written submissions, zoning officials said.

The issue of how to screen a planned Allegheny Power System substation in Mount Airy has bounced between the county planning commission and the appeals board for months. The utility plans a 34.5-kilovolt station, expandable to 230 kilovolts, atop Parrs Ridge, the highest point between the Chesapeake Bay and the Catoctin Mountains.

Mill Bottom Road residents Leonard and Jackie Martin filed a request for reconsideration after the appeals board overturned a county planning commission decision. The planning commission had directed Allegheny Power to build walls that would hide most of the substation's equipment, a decision the utility appealed.

If the appeals board decides not to reconsider, neighborhood residents could take their case to Circuit Court.


Mount Airy: Firefighters responded at 8: 11 p.m. Thursday to a house fire on Roughton Road in Frederick County. Units were out 22 minutes.

Mount Airy: Firefighters from Lisbon in Howard County assisted Mount Airy at 6: 28 p.m. Wednesday, responding to a fire alarm at Park Avenue and Route 27. Units were out 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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