Third hearing scheduled on waste-transfer station

June 30, 1994

Intensive cross-examination by an opposition attorney Tuesday night forced the Howard County Zoning Board to schedule a third night of hearings for next month on a proposed waste-transfer station in Elkridge.

Browning-Ferris Industries finished making its case Wednesday for a solid-waste zoning classification for the 17-acre property off U.S. 1 on Cemetery Lane in Elkridge. But opponents will have to return for a 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. hearing on July 21 to argue against the rezoning.

The project is seen by county officials as a possible substitute for a publicly built facility. It would provide a place for up to 2,000 tons of garbage to be dumped daily onto a concrete floor, compacted into 25-ton tractor-trailer loads and shipped to regional landfills in Pennsylvania and Virginia that BFI owns.

Houston-based BFI, the nation's second-largest waste hauler, presented testimony from traffic and noise experts whose studies said the project would not have an unreasonable impact on the area, and from a local manager who described the way the proposed facility would operate. Each witness was interrogated by Columbia zoning attorney David A. Carney, who represents opponent Bluestream Limited Partnership of Ellicott City.

The BFI plan is supported by County Executive Charles I. Ecker's Department of Planning and Zoning and the county Planning Board. But BFI has encountered well-organized opposition in the Zoning Board hearing from Bluestream, which owns 79 undeveloped acres next to the proposed site.

Appeals board decides against developer

A Columbia developer who wants to build a group home for the elderly will have to put his plans on hold until he completes roadwork for another project, the Board of Appeals decided Tuesday.

Pradip Ghosh is seeking special zoning exceptions to create a 45-person group home on a five-acre lot off Route 103 in Ellicott City, and to extend the hours of operation for a child care center connected with a Montessori school already there.

The Board of Appeals decided to postpone the hearing until July 26, by which time Dr. Ghosh must complete preliminary roadwork required by the State Highway Administration for the Montessori school.

In November, Dr. Ghosh opened the school on the same site with a temporary use and occupancy permit. To obtain a final permit, he must create deceleration and acceleration lanes at the school and widen a shoulder lane.

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