Revised bill would ban inns from some communities

April 08, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

Neighborhood groups from greater Annapolis, Broadneck and Severna Park challenged county legislation last night that would allow the operation of bed-and-breakfast inns in residential communities.

Following testimony from the groups, the Anne Arundel County Council voted unanimously to revise the bill to prohibit those type of establishments within denser neighborhoods. Specifically, they would not be allowed in areas with R-1 and R-2 zoning.

Under the legislation, the inns would still be allowed in rural and lower-density areas, legalizing those bed-and-breakfasts already operating in South County, said County Councilwoman Virginia Clagett, a West River Democrat.

The original bill was introduced by Council Chairman David Boschert, a Crownsville Democrat.

Albert Johnston, a member of the Greater Severna Park Council, which represents 64 communities, said his group was afraid neighborhoods would be inundated with bed-and-breakfasts, "disturbing the evening tranquillity."

Bed-and-breakfasts already are allowed in Annapolis. Supporters said it is time the county allowed them outside the city as well.

Supporters stressed that bed-and-breakfasts have "intimate, family-style atmospheres" that would go virtually unnoticed in a residential area. They also said that the inns are patronized by an upper-income clientele that would be unobtrusive.

Also last night, the council confirmed the seven members of the county's first ethics commission that will examine questions concerning county elected officials and employees.

Voters approved creation of the panel in a referendum in last November's election.

Anne Arundel is the last county to create an ethics commission.

Rose Flory, an Annapolis resident, objected to the confirmation of former Judge E. Mackall Childs, who presided over her divorce 20 years ago. She said he had acted insensitively.

Judge Childs denied her charges that he had shown bias against women and blacks. He was confirmed unanimously with the others.

The council also considered changes to an anti-smoking bill. Two amendments would restore the bill to its original form which exempted businesses, restaurants and hotels from smoking restrictions.

The council had not voted on the amendments late last night.

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