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26 March 2012 | Approved: 4 April 2012

Chairman Challstrom called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. In attendance were commissioners Samantha Beres, Joe Clark, Brenda Gumula, Peter Nagrod and Steve Werts. Also in attendance were residents Wendy Harris, Paula Puglisi and Shelley Winkler.

Chairman Challstrom and the Commission discussed possible changes to the first draft of the document known as; Evaluation of Towne Crest Apartments Redevelopment Proposal by the Washington Grove Planning Commission. They discussed the proposed Forest Conservation Plan, incompatibility issues with the surrounding areas, setbacks, impacts of the new development on Washington Grove Elementary School, storm water management issues, the County sidewalk, potential impacts on Maple Springs, the recharge area, fencing, road widening and traffic.

The Commission made the following changes to the document:

  • #2 – removed the third bullet
  • #3 – removed the words vandalism and litter from the fifth bullet and added new language. It now reads; The largest property adjacent to Towne Crest is the West Woods within the Town of Washington Grove, master planned by the Town as FR (Forest and Recreation), and threatened by storm water runoff (that would result in tree damage and erosion), and increased dumping of large household items and litter from the higher density proposed in the Towne Crest development.
  • #9 – added new language to the first bullet. It now reads; Towne Crest developer representatives have acknowledged a legacy responsibility to address the existing and foreseen Towne Crest Storm Water harmful impacts on the West Woods; a funding mechanism needs to be identified for Towne Crest developer contribution to remedial actions in the West Woods.

Peter Nagrod moved to approve the Evaluation of Towne Crest Apartments Redevelopment Proposal by the Washington Grove Planning Commission, as amended, and forward it to the Town Council. Samantha Beres seconded the motion. Approval: 6-0.

The special meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

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