Businesses restricted in zoning category

January 11, 1995|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Hampstead officials moved last night to restrict the types of business that will be allowed under the town's general business zoning category.

In a 3-1 vote, council members agreed to remove truck terminals and warehouses from general business zoning. The council plans to ask the town's Planning and Zoning Commission to amend the town's industrial zoning category to include the two uses.

Council members Jacqueline Hyatt, Wayne H. Thomas and Dwight W. Womer agreed that those uses are improper in all of Hampstead's general business zones.

Councilman Arthur H. Moler voted against the motion, arguing that the town's Board of Zoning Appeals should rule on proposals for such businesses.

But Mr. Thomas pointed out that the board would not have grounds to deny the request unless members could prove there were a health or safety risk.

The Town Council also unanimously approved an ordinance that will require other businesses, such as golf driving ranges, to get the zoning appeals board's approval before locating within the general business zoning category.

Most general business zones in Hampstead are now located near residential areas.

A proposal last summer to build a Blockbuster Video, a Wendy's restaurant and Yingling's General Tire Service store on a tract just north of Roberts Field Business Center prompted town officials to take a closer look at uses allowed in the general business category.

In other business, council members were unable to agree on a replacement for Councilman Gary Bauer.

Mr. Bauer resigned his seat last month after winning a position on the county school board.

In two tie votes, council members rejected motions to appoint either Chris Nevin or Myron Diehl to the council.

Mr. Nevin is a member of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Diehl is an alternate member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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