NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
(Sept. 28, 2012) The town of Berlin will grow, albeit just slightly, after it annexes property on Route 346.
That property, approximately 12.39 acres of land, is located at 10408 Old Ocean City Blvd., adjacent and to the west of the Barrett-Chrysler-Jeep showroom.
The land is under the county’s jurisdiction and zoned as an agricultural district, but it will be placed within the town’s business zoning district.
State law says the annexed land cannot allow uses substantially different than those in the zoning category of the county and, in the case of residential development, the residential density must be consistent with that of the county. That issue does not apply, however, because the property is not currently zoned for residential purposes and the town is not proposing residential uses there.
The county’s comprehensive plan shows the property as being in a growth area. It is also shown to be within the growth area boundary of the town and it is designated as an area for future commercial use. Property on either side of the subject property plus property across the street from it are already included in the town limits.
It is apparent from the comprehensive plans of the county and Berlin that future annexation and commercial development of the property were contemplated, Ed Tudor, director of the county Department of Development Review and Permitting, wrote in a Sept. 10 memo.