Rezoning plea at Routes 32, 97 denied Change sought to general business

June 15, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Carroll commissioners yesterday denied a request to rezone a 12.5-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Routes 32 and 97 from agriculture to general business.

"My concern is there is [a] fair amount of agriculture down there," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell, noting several operating farms near the property.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, voting against the request, said the commissioners should follow the recommendation of the county's Planning and Zoning Commission.

The planning commission recommended against a change because general business is inconsistent with existing land use and the county's master plan, which calls for the surrounding area to be agricultural.

The City of Westminster also opposed the request because the tract is outside the city's planned water and sewer service area.

The rezoning request came from DCRT Partnership of Westminster, a group of family members. Ron Kyker of Westminster, one of the family members, said there were no development plans for the site. It is leased to a farmer and does not have any contracts pending that would generate development, he said.

During a public hearing last month, several residents objected to a zoning change because commercial development of the site, adjacent to the Carroll County YMCA, would mean more traffic on Route 32.

Residents southeast of the site said more commercial development along Route 32 would worsen water runoff problems.

Clark Shaffer, a Westminster attorney representing DCRT Partnership, contended the site's original zoning was a mistake; the Route 32 corridor west of the site is zoned conservation and residential.

He said there have been a number of nonconforming uses along the route. However, county officials said any nonconforming uses along Route 32 existed before the county's zoning ordinance was adopted in 1965.

Any other uses, such as the Carroll Community College, are permitted uses in conservation zones, county planners said.

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