The county Zoning Board will hear testimony tonight on whether it should allow Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a department store and a wholesale shopping club in Ellicott City.
The hearing, which had beenscheduled for Jan. 8, was postponed so that the board would have time to receive additional information. It is set for 8 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard county office building.
Wal-Mart's petition was rejected by both the county Department ofPlanning and Zoning and the county Planning Board, but their decisions are only recommendations to the Zoning Board. Planners said Wal-Mart did not sufficiently justify the need for changing the 54 acres just east of U.S. 29 and north of U.S. 40 from office/research to commercial zoning.