Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


September 30, 1992

Neighborhood center zone said to integrate new housing

Residents' confusion about the proposed neighborhood center zone was somewhat cleared Monday night as Mount Airy's Planning and Zoning Commission discussed a section of the town's master plan.

Mount Airy has proposed creating neighborhood centers to integrate new housing that may be built on several undeveloped parcels of land with neighboring developments. Unlike in other parts of town, zoning for neighborhood centers would allow single-family homes to be built near town houses and other sorts of development in the same neighborhood.

"As the town is now developing, we have little pods that feel fragmented," Teresa Bamberger, the town's planner said. "This zoning ties each area together and then has ties back to Main Street, the heart of town."

Some residents had feared the proposed zoning would create self-sufficient neighborhoods of miniature towns, but Ms. Bamberger said that was not the case. Instead, she said the centers would create sidewalks and roads between various neighborhoods.

In addition, small businesses operating out of homes would be allowed in the larger-lot, single-family homes in this zone, she said.

"This is an opportunity to provide a place for [home occupations]," Ms. Bamberger said. "This doesn't say that everyone has to do it."

The next master plan workshop is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

Bryla studies nursing in state program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing recently placed Mount Airy resident Christina Bryla, a graduate student, in the Statehouse Internship Program in Annapolis.

Ms. Bryla recently completed a seven-week project working with Marilyn Goldwater, executive health assistant to the governor.

Ms. Bryla works for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and is working on a master's degree in oncology nursing.

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