Finksburg Corridor Plan approved by Planning Commission

A plan more than 10 years in the making that would guide the growth and development of Route 140 in Finksburg will again head to the Board of Carroll County Commissioners for adoption after the board denied the original plan in 2011.

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the long-awaited Finksburg Corridor Plan Tuesday.

The plan is expected to come before the county commissioners for adoption in August, according to Andrea Gerhard, a county comprehensive planner.

The Finksburg Corridor Plan is a long-range growth and development plan intended to guide development of the Finksburg Corridor, Route 140. It focuses on traffic flow, environmental resources and growth in the area.

The plan is intended to promote new small-scale business, office and retail activity in the corridor while providing opportunities for residential uses on secondary roadways of Route 140. It began as a comprehensive update to the 1981 Finksburg Area and Environs Comprehensive Plan.

The Finksburg Corridor is roughly defined as the area along Route 140 from the Baltimore County line to the east to Kays Mill Road in the west.

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners rejected a previous version of the plan in 2011 with concerns regarding the timing of the plan in relation to updating of the county's master plan. In September 2012, the board sent the plan, along with their comments, back to the planning commission for revisions.

Gerhard said the biggest difference from the previous plan to the one heading to the commissioners is the removal of the boulevard zoning district.

The boulevard district would have been a new zoning category in the county designed to attract business, office and retail space to the corridor.

The revised plan approved by the commission also includes a controversial land use designation for a property located at the corner of routes 140 and 91. The property owner has asked for a zoning change from a conservation zone to a commercial zone. A handful of residents spoke out against the zoning change at a public hearing July 1 at the Finksburg Library.

The draft plan can be viewed online at

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