County denies request for rezoning at routes 140, 91

June 30, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to deny a request to rezone 10 acres on the northeast corner of routes 140 and 91 from conservation to general business use.

The commissioners said they worried that rezoning the land would hurt the environment.

"If there's any place that conservation zoning fits, it's right down there," Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said.

The land has steep slopes, trees, a stream and wetlands, Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said.

"I question the economic value there for business," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

About 25 Finksburg residents protested the rezoning at a public hearing June 3. They said they worried about increased traffic and harm to the environment.

The county Planning Commission and Environmental Affairs Advisory Board also opposed the change.

The rezoning request came from three couples, and it applied to parts of four properties. Three of the properties have homes.

Rezoning the site to general business use would have allowed businesses such as auto sales, department stores, hotels, skating rinks, tourist homes, mini-storage facilities and some warehouse uses.

Westminster attorney William R. MacDonald, who represented the property owners at the public hearing, said the rezoning would be consistent with surrounding development.

The commissioners said the area around the intersection has changed in recent years, but not substantially and not enough to warrant rezoning the northeast corner.

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