Proposed Oakmont Green retail center fails to win zoning approval

December 08, 1992|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Hampstead Board of Zoning Appeals denied approval of the proposed Oakmont Green retail center last night, saying that the proposed development does not meet town zoning requirements.

"I say that, until these requirements are met, this project cannot be approved," said Gary Bauer, chairman of the three-member board.

The proposed development, on the east side of Route 30 across from Brodbeck Road, would include a 42,716-square-foot grocery store and 13,800 square feet of additional retail space.

The town Planning and Zoning Commission approved the development, but several applicants appealed that decision to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Appellants included H. M. Mall Associates Limited Partnership of Baltimore, owner of the nearby North Carroll Plaza Shopping Center.

The development plans call for a storm water management facility on land zoned "conservation." Under that zoning category, the storm runoff pond must meet minimum requirements for lot size, lot width and minimum setbacks from roads and property lines.

The board found that the planned development does not meet those requirements.

The board ruled unanimously that the proposed development did comply with several other town requirements.

The board said the developers had shown a need for the center, and that expected growth in the Hampstead-Manchester area would be sufficient to sustain that need in the future.

Board members also said they were satisfied that the center would not create traffic congestion on Route 30, and that its design, landscaping and parking facilities were sufficient.

The board recommended that the developers apply to the board for a variance.

Mr. Bauer said after the meeting that the variance process would take at least 30 to 45 days.

Hampstead's rules and regulations were not updated when the storm water management regulations were adopted in 1984, Mr. Bauer said.

It was unclear, he said, whether several definitions in the town's ordinance apply to storm water management facilities.

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