Cumberland Times-News

Local News

June 20, 2013

Proposed zoning change questioned

Some businesses would be allowed in residential areas

FLINTSTONE — During a public hearing on Thursday at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department, Allegany County residents addressed their concerns about a zoning code change that would allow some businesses in residential areas

The amendment adds a special exception to the uses in General Urban Development, or G-1, districts, which would require the approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals and a hearing in which adjoining neighbors are notified via a large sign in the yard of the proposed business and a legal add in the newspaper, according to David Dorsey, acting planning coordinator.

The special exceptions include certain small-scale neighborhood uses and on-site signs and is limited to grocery stores, retail stores, greenhouse and nurseries, bakeries, barber shops, hair dressers, professional offices, restaurants, banks, printing shops and shops for sale or repair of appliances.

Residents voiced their concerns about the size of signage and how it would impact the neighborhood.  

 “My concern about this is the countywide impact,” said Cumberland resident Jackie Sams, who questioned what small-scale meant.

Sams also questioned how business in a residential area would impact traffic and what the setback requirements would be to homes nearby.

“I think there needs to be some type of a definition of what’s considered small-scale because a residential area will definitely be impacted by this,” said Sams. “I think it’s understandable that small business could be in a residential area but I think it also has to be at such a scale that it’s not going to be an imposition on the neighbors or impact their property values.”

Commission president Mike McKay asked Sams to provide the commission with a definition of small-scale.

An Oldtown resident questioned the size of the on-site signs. Dorsey said the signs would be located on the businesses’ property and billboards would not be allowed.   

 A property owner in a G-1 district who planned a Flintstone bakery suggested amending the text in the zoning ordinance and a draft of the law was introduced at a planning commission meeting earlier this month.

“The current regulations don’t allow business aside from home occupations in this district,” said Dorsey. “We looked at the different definitions of the zoning ordinance, especially the neighborhood commercial uses and picked the ones that seemed less intrusive for a residential neighborhood, like the G-1 district.”

In May, the planning commission voted to recommend that the commissioners approve the change to the text of the G-1 zoning district.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at


Text Only
Local News
  • BOSTON PERSEVERES Solemn tributes mark one-year anniversary of marathon attack

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two offers for former Footer Dye Works site

    Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority officials announced Tuesday that two proposals have been received for the development of the Footer Dye Works building.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation strengthens prison guard investigations

    Legislative efforts to improve prison security were overshadowed this year by marijuana and minimum wage bills, but supporters say they will help prevent another high-profile scandal like the Black Guerrilla Family case at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Maryland simplifies rules for domestic violence victims seeking issuance of protective orders

    People seeking protective orders for domestic violence should have an easier time proving the case for issuing an order after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law that changes the standard of proof used in court.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mineral County students return to class Aug. 14

    The first bell of Mineral County’s 2014-2015 school year will ring on Aug. 14. That’s if the West Virginia Department of Education approves a calendar voted on by school system employees and approved unanimously by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

    April 15, 2014

  • Talk with Tennant Talk with Tennant

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • PSC investigating five energy suppliers over high bill claims

    Winter electric bills hit many consumers hard, but most complaints to the Maryland Public Service Commission involved so-called variable rate contracts. While the contracts can result in savings, they can also hit consumers hard during times of high electrical demand.

    April 15, 2014

  • Cottontail sale Cottontail sale

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Latest warrant sweep results in 33 arrests

    The Cumberland Police Department’s Safe Streets latest warrant initiative resulted in 33 arrests last week with 36 warrants served.

    April 15, 2014

  • DANIEL RADKO Radko candidate for Mineral County Board of Education

    I am running for the Mineral County Board of Education. My goal is to continue to help students reach their potential. I have lived and worked my adult life in Mineral County as a special education teacher. My wife, Susan, is a community services manager in Mineral and Hampshire counties for the Department of Health and Human Services. We have two children; son Sean teaches social studies at Keyser High School and daughter Dr. Lindsay Knuth is an audiologist in Charlotte, N.C. We have a grandson Aidan who attends Keyser Primary School.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo