Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville


April 30, 1993

40-year-old error delays zoning case

The future of a Ritchie Highway auto repair shop remains uncertain because of a 40-year-old clerical error.

Joseph Langlois has asked the county Office of Planning and Zoning to reclassify his 3.8-acre parcel on the east side of the highway so that he can keep his 10-year-old business open.

The property is zoned R-2, low-density residential, and Mr. Langlois is requesting a C-4 commercial classification. If the property is not rezoned, Mr. Langlois will have to move.

Yesterday's hearing, which attracted 20 supporters and three opponents, ended with the denial of the request after an error was discovered in the title description of the property.

Mr. Langlois must have the description corrected before he can appeal the decision.

The Greater Severna Park Council has opposed the request as part of the council's consistent position that zoning changes be made only during comprehensive rezoning.

"We're in the process of having the title fixed," Mr. Langlois said, after the hearing. He said he would appeal the decision as soon as legally possible.

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