Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy joined officials from other counties Monday to help structure the Baltimore Metropolitan Committee, a new regional planning group.
The committee replaces the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, which was disbanded in July.
Officials met for a daylong session at Waverly Mansion in Howard County. Anne Arundel Executive Robert R. Neal chairs the group, which also includes representatives from Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties and Baltimore city.
The group plans to meet again next month to finalize plans.
Commissioners approve zoning amendments
The county commissioners yesterday voted to approve zoning text amendments that:
* Allow farm machinery sales and service shops and facilities in the conservation district.
* Prohibit drive-through facilities that do not have enough space to handle vehicles lining up.
* Regulate mini-storage facilities, restrict them to the business zones and prohibit them in the industrial zones.
* Change requirements for paving commercial sites.
* Reduce side yard and and area requirements for semi-detached dwellings in planning urban developments. Information: 857-2656 or 876-2085.
County to pursue two special grants
The county commissioners agreed yesterday to pursue two grant applications. The grants would allow the county to:
* Expand an existing program to train middle- and high-school students to do volunteer work with the elderly. The county is requesting $15,000 from the Points of Light Foundation, a private group.
* Produce an educational video on composting for use by students and the public.