Zoning appeals panel asked to overturn gas station OK

November 17, 1997

Opponents of a proposed Shell Oil Co. gas station near Mount Airy are asking the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals to overturn the Planning Commission's approval of the project.

The Frederick County Planning Commission approved Shell's plans last month for a gas station, carwash and convenience store south of Mount Airy near the Interstate 70 interchange.

Opponents fear that ground water in the area is vulnerable to even a small gasoline spill.

Others are concerned about possible traffic safety problems and the capacity of the septic system, which is inadequate to accommodate public restrooms.

The appeal submitted by attorney Thomas A. Deming focuses on traffic safety and septic capacity issues.

The Planning Commission rejected Shell's plan in March.

The oil company appealed to the appeals board, which returned the case to the Planning Commission for rehearing.

The commission approved the gas station 4-3 last month after about four hours of testimony.

The appeals board is scheduled to hear the case Dec. 16. Hearings begin at 7 p.m. in Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St., Frederick.

Fires

Winfield: Firefighters responded at 11: 44 a.m. Thursday to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Competitive Goals Drive. Units were out 26 minutes.

Winfield: Firefighters responded at 1: 12 p.m. Thursday to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Competitive Goals Drive. Units were out five minutes.

Pub Date: 11/17/97

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