Frederick County (MD) Planning Commission Rejects PATH

Last night, the Frederick County Planning Commission held a hearing to decide whether the PATH line was consistent with the county’s development plan.  A few weeks ago, the Commission determined that the proposed Kemptown Substation was not consistent with the county’s plan.

As they had with the substation, the Commissioners voted unanimously last night to reject PATH as being inconsistent with the county development plan.  AEP/Allegheny didn’t even bother to show up.  The humiliation of the last meeting was apparently too much for them to bear a second time.  Needless to say, the County Commissioners were not happy about the power companies’ failure to show.

As they had at the earlier meeting, citizens showed up in large numbers to testify against PATH.  An eyewitness reports that the Commissioners were particularly interested to learn about the Charleston Love Fest and Project Mountaineer.

The Frederick County Zoning Board of Appeals is still in the process of hearing testimony on the zoning variance special exception for the substation.  The Zoning Board’s hearing continues in mid-November.  It appears that the Zoning Board will not be ruling on the variance until some time in 2011.

Correction:  I have referred to the zoning change that Allegheny is requesting in Frederick County as a “variance” in a number of posts.  I have been informed, by someone who has attended both Zoning Board of Appeals hearings, that Allegheny is requesting a “special exception,” not a variance, to the current zoning on the Kemptown Substation property.

Correction 2:  I have been referring to the Frederick County Commission in my posts about the hearings concerning Allegheny and the Frederick County development plan.  The development plan hearings have been conducted by the Frederick County Planning Commission, not the County Commission.  Now that the Planning Commission has ruled on both PATH and the substation, their recommendation goes to the County Commission for a final ruling.