Two versions of zone proposal to be advertised

March 18, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County's commissioners will let the public comment on two versions of the proposed employment campus zone.

In advertising the public hearing, the commissioners are going to present the Planning Commission's proposal, which calls for an employment campus zone as both a suggested use in a restricted industrial zone and as a separate zoning classification.

The proposed zone, first conceived as part of the southwestern county master plan, would require more open space than traditional industrial zoning.

Planning commission members want to make it a separate zoning classification, but the Economic Development Commission wants the employment campus to be a suggested use within the restricted industrial zone.

The final planning commission proposal, offered as a compromise, would allow both options. But the EDC has maintained that is still too restrictive, arguing for the commissioners to adopt the suggested use clause only.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy said they agreed with Commissioner Julia W. Gouge that both suggestions should be presented at the hearing for comment.

"It has been understood that there will not be many of these, maybe only one, established," said county zoning administrator Solveig Smith.

She said planning commission members wanted to use the zone in places -- usually adjacent to residential areas -- they didn't feel comfortable allowing all the uses provided for in restricted industrial zoning.

"This requires a lot of land," Ms. Smith said. "I don't think there's that much industrial land [in one place] right now."

But Robert A. "Max" Bair, executive assistant for the county commissioners, strongly disagreed, arguing that creating the zoning classification may force someone to accept an unmarketable type of zoning.

"You can put this any place," Mr. Bair said, citing property owned by Carroll County General Hospital in Hampstead. "You waste most of [the land] and develop a little bit of it. But some people want that."

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