Sykesville zoning board adjourns without a vote Master plan on hold

February 02, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Three Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission members discussed the county's comprehensive master plan for Southwest Carroll with a county planner last night, but adjourned without taking any action for lack of a quorum.

Two members missed the meeting due to illness, leaving the commission one short of the four members needed to vote on any agenda items.

"There is a lot going on with this plan," said Gregg Horner, a county planner, of the Southwest Carroll plan. "Nothing is written in stone, though."

He said five citizens advisory subcommittees, with 10 members each, began meeting this week "to come up with goals for implementing" the plan.

The subcommittees will continue to meet for several months, he said.

Mr. Horner took issue with a Jan. 27 letter written by Town Manager James L. Schumacher to the Carroll County Department of Planning. The letter expressed the commission's opposition to a proposed village and employment center, about four miles west of Sykesville along Route 97.

Mr. Schumacher said the proposal did not meet adequate facilities plans and would require public water and sewer. It would have an adverse impact on the Raincliffe Industrial Center in town, he wrote.

"I was surprised to get this letter and came here tonight to discuss it with you," said Mr. Horner.

Commission members said they were surprised to learn of the letter, too, and said Mr. Schumacher was not authorized to write it. They received copies of it last night.

"We only did a preliminary review at the last session," said Dennis Karr, the commission chairman. "We commented [on the master plan], but there was no consensus. "

Mr. Schumacher attended part of the meeting. But he left early, due to an illness in his family, before the topic arose.

Mr. Horner, defending the master plan, said the proposed village area reduces sprawl.

The "employment campus" would be zoned for professional offices and small businesses, providing economic development to the area, he said.

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