Raincliffe Center zoning action awaited tonight

September 06, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission expects to take action on the proposed rezoning of Raincliffe Center at 7 o'clock tonight.

Three months ago, David Moxley, developer of the 32-acre property along Route 32 at Raincliffe Road, asked the town to rezone for residential use the last parcel of undeveloped industrial land within the town.

Rezoning would allow Mr. Moxley to move forward with plans to build nearly 200 townhouses, a proposal that both county and town officials have said would severely burden local roads and already crowded schools.

At a public hearing on the petition last month, many speakers expressed opposition to the rezoning.

Craig Taylor, president of the Sykesville Business Association, is among the few who favor the rezoning. "Main Street businesses really want the townhouses," he told the council. "We feel it will be a great benefit to the town.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission have taken the past month to review testimony and legal opinions and should vote on a recommendation tonight, said Councilman Jonathan Herman, who is commission chairman.

The decision then goes to the Town Council, which has the final authority on the petition.

RF The council has set Sept. 26 for its public hearing on Raincliffe.

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