The Hampstead Town Council will consider revamping its zoning ordinance at its regular meeting Monday, Town Manager John A. Riley said yesterday.
"We're going to look to overhaul the whole thing," he said.
Mr. Riley said the council would consider whether the Planning Commission should continue to have the responsibility of deciding whether a market exists for a proposed business.
"It takes away free enterprise, if you want to look at it like that," he said.
Mr. Riley questioned whether the commission should have to consider market surveys during the zoning process.
"I can get one that shows one thing, and you can get one that shows another," he said.
Another change to be introduced Monday will define storm water management ponds and related facilities as "utility" uses.
That designation means they would be allowed in any zone, and they would be exempt from many regulations, Mr. Riley said.
On Dec. 7, the town Board of Zoning Appeals said the Oakmont Green Retail Center development could not go forward because its proposed storm water management pond was within a conservation zone and did not meet the zone's requirements.
Yesterday, Charles Hollman, an attorney for the retail center developers, said he could not comment on the case because of "pending litigation."
Storm water management rules were adopted in 1984.
However, Hampstead's zoning ordinance was adopted in January 1972, Mr. Riley said, and it has not undergone a major update since then.