House builders may get more leeway on designs NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

December 10, 1992

Union Bridge town officials are working on an ordinance tha would give builders more flexibility when designing housing.

The planning and zoning board met Tuesday to discuss information about the ordinance on construction and design, which some developers consider too rigid.

"The town is resolved to adopt an ordinance and it is my understanding that Mayor [Perry L.] Jones issued a directive for the planning and zoning board to consider looking into it," said John T. McQuire II, the town attorney.

"The actual ordinance is in no way completed, but we have taken a look at the existing ordinance and are gathering new information," he said.

Mr. McQuire said the board looked mainly at clusters of residential lots and is considering recommending an ordinance that would give more flexibility of lot sizes to developers.

The board also wants to allow developers "the creativity they need to design attractive homes," he said.

The planning and zoning board will consider "sort of a draft" of the ordinance at its Jan. 5 meeting, he said. The process is expected to take several months, Mr. McQuire said.

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