Council is asked to delay action on twice-amended zoning bill

January 18, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A coalition of 10 community associations is asking the County Council to postpone action on a twice-amended bill that would modify some zoning regulations. The coalition wants more time for the bill to be studied and to allow for more public hearings.

A. Scott Mobley, president of the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation, said that his group needs more time to sort through the many changes made to the legislation.

"At this point, there have been so many amendments that we don't know -- and we don't think the county really knows -- where they are. And we think they should take some time and look at it," Mr. Mobley said. He said that the coalition of community associations has found "gaps, confusing overlaps and loopholes."

"We are absolutely not trying to kill the bill. We're trying to get them to take a look at it and air it before the public," he said. "Since it's been in the making for two years, why can't we delay it for 60 or 90 days?"

Already the community organizations have lobbied successfully for other changes, including striking provisions that would allow larger houses on small lots and shorten the public notification requirement on rezoning hearings.

At the last hearing, references to composting and mulching operations were taken out of the bill by council members Maureen Lamb and Virginia Clagett, who called for a committee to study the operations and draft separate legislation.

In addition to the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Association, the coalition includes associations in Severna Park, Lower Broadneck, Crofton, West River, General's Highway, Pasadena, Brooklyn Park and South River and the Severn River Association.

The council also will hold a hearing on a resolution that would urge the U.S. Naval Academy to consult with county officials and local business and civic leaders before making any decisions about the Naval Academy Dairy Farm. The Naval Academy commissioned a study last year on the possibility of turning the farm into two semi-private 18-hole golf courses. Mr. Boschert said that he would not oppose such a scheme, but that he would want to negotiate with the Navy to obtain about 250 acres of the 862 acre site for recreational use for local residents.

"It is my intention that we form a committee or have the Naval Academy representatives work with the county . . . to find alternative uses for the land, with the emphasis that the major use of that facility remain in its open-space capacity," Mr. Boschert said. He also proposed that the academy lease the dairy portion of the farm to a commercial dairy for use as a museum.

At its meeting this evening, the council also is expected to vote on a final version of a bill that would revamp the county's financially troubled pension fund for elected and appointed officials.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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