Rezoning proposal is rejected

October 25, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Hampstead's planning and zoning commission decided last night not to recommend that the Town Council reconsider what businesses to allow under general business zoning.

The proposal offered by commission member Dennis Wertz, which lost by a 3-2 vote, would also have asked the council to consider rezoning tracts three, four and five of the Roberts Field Business Center from general business to local business.

Local business zoning, designed to provide retail services to a residential community, is more restrictive than general business use.

Mr. Wertz had suggested the council consider letting the Board of Zoning Appeals decide, case by case, whether to permit currently accepted uses in general business zones -- which include golf driving ranges, truck terminals and hotels.

"Virtually all the uses listed are problematic for residential areas," said Mr. Wertz, adding the current general business zoning may be too liberal for all areas of Hampstead. "I think we erred and should move to correct this mistake."

Commission Chairman Arthur Moler, commission members William Drummond and Charles Walter voted against the dual recommendation; Mr. Wertz and commission member Chris Nevin favored it.

"This [comprehensive rezoning] is something that the council and the mayor [C. Clinton Becker] and the zoning administrator [John Riley] have already recommended," Mr. Moler said after the meeting. "I don't want to throw other things into it."

Discussion of rezoning the Roberts Field property began last month when a group of Baltimore County developers proposed subdividing tract five and building a Wendy's, a Blockbuster Video and a Yingling General Tire service.

The developers told commission members the Blockbuster and Yingling deals have fallen through and withdrew their proposal last night. They said they will resubmit it later.

Mr. Moler insisted that changing the zoning would be unfair to developers who had already looked at the property. But Richard Murray, the town attorney, told the commission the zoning can be changed up until the owner has begun construction.

Mr. Murray strongly recommended the town begin evaluating its zoning ordinances.

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