Elkton officials turned down a request from the Singerly Fire Company to rezone some residential parcles of land in a split decision at the Aug 10 meeting of the planning commission. Several Singerly owned lots adjacent to the Newark Avenue fire station are zoned residential and the organization wants to add an addition to the facility. Under current zoning regulations, fire stations may not be constructed in residential area, but the old zoning permitted fire houses in those areas. Singerly argued that a mistake was made in the update so they should be allowed to build the station. Neighbors from the area testified against the zoning change. The planning commission split evenly on the request (four commissioners were present), and since it was tied the request failed.
To appeal the planning commission decision, the fire company must go before the Mayor and Commissioners. It is on the agenda for Wednesday evening.