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Planning Commission holds up home

By Staff | Aug 20, 2010

From left, Roger Munro, Councilman Josh Stella, Planning Commission Chairwoman Pam Berry and Planning Commissioner Karene Motivans listen to WVDRN fisheries expert Danny Bennet as he explains some of the features of the Lower Town Run. (Photo by Michael Theis)

SHEPHERDSTOWN – For the third time, a proposal to build a new house near Town Run on Bones Wright Street has been delayed by the Shepherdstown Planning Commission, with members saying that more information on the surrounding area is needed before construction can begin. Specifically, Planning Commission members are asking for more detailed plans, including an accurate location of the house, location of existing trees and erosion and stormwater runoff management issues.

Roger Munro, who submitted his application to build the house on June 2, was visibly frustrated with the Planning Commission.

“Honestly, it feels like a fishing expedition. First it’s the site plans, then it’s the viewsheds,” Munro said during Monday night’s meeting, referring to a request by Planning Commissioner Karene Motivans for information on how the structure would impact the surrounding views.

“I need to hear specifically from you guys what I need,” Munro said.