Judge from Allegheny County hears suit against amendment made by Washington County, MD, Commissioners

December 15 – Let’s dig into what’s been going on in Washington County, MD, recently. 

The backstory is at the last meeting of the Washington County Commissioners before the new commissioners were sworn in, the board decided in a 3-2 vote to ban the creation of any new truck stops in the county as well as require any warehouses more than one million square feet to get special exception approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

The vote happened without any input from the planning commission and two of the commissioners who voted in favor are no longer on the board. 

Bowman Development Corporation filed a series of injunctions to stay or postpone the zoning amendment the commissioners voted on. 

Yesterday, a judge in Allegheny County heard the case and decided that there are serious legal issues about the adoption of the ordinance and amendment, but would only grant a temporary restraining order if there was immediate harm. 

Paul Frey, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce said, “He’s saying he does have concerns. Go through the court system. He’s asked his clerks of courts to schedule a hearing ASAP to hear their concerns and maybe overturn the decision made by the commissioners.” 

Stay tuned to NewsTalk 103.7FM for further decisions from the hearing as they develop.