Walkersville Planning Commission give preliminary approval for Rock Creek School site

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Site plans for a new school designated for special education have been given preliminary approval from the Walkersville Planning Commission.

Revised plans for the Rock Creek School, to be located next to Walkersville Middle School, were given the green light during a meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting was the third time in which Frederick County Public School officials presented before the commission. The plans included modified elements to address concerns from residents and commission members about stormwater management, traffic patterns and more.

“We removed a road that was behind the school; there several members who didn’t want to have as much asphalt. We also moved out buses, where we park our buses, closer to the school so they wouldn’t be next to the [adjacent] neighborhood,” explained president for the Frederick County Board of Education, Brad Young.

Modifications a reduction of the bus loop width by six feet and reduction of a one-way exit drive aisle width near Glad Village neighborhood by four feet. Both of these modifications are designed to reduce the height and extent of a retaining wall.

Officials aim to begin construction on the school this fall.

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