Proposal would restrict warehouses, terminals

January 31, 1995|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Truck freight terminals in Hampstead would need special approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals if a town planning commission proposal is accepted by the Town Council.

Commission members voted unanimously last night to recommend the Hampstead Council add truck terminals and warehouses to industrial restricted zoning.

But concerns about the noise and traffic a truck terminal might bring led commission members to add the further restriction for that use.

"In my experience, truck terminals are typically one of the most troublesome uses," said commission member Dennis Wertz, who works as a planner in Baltimore County. "I've seen other businesses have problems with truck terminals."

Hampstead has no truck terminals and none is planned.

Warehouses and truck terminals were removed from Hampstead's general business zoning by a 3-1 vote at the Jan. 10 Town Council meeting, a move that removed any provisions for such facilities from the town zoning code.

Council members had been considering allowing the two uses in

general business zoning, but giving the town Board of Zoning Appeals the right of final approval.

Commission members last night tabled discussion on additional amendments to general business zoning that Councilman Wayne Thomas had recommended during that Jan. 10 council meeting.

Mr. Thomas' amendments would have added definitions for various types of restaurants to the zoning code.

The amendments would also have made all restaurants a principal permitted use in general business zones.

After council members Arthur Moler and Jacqueline Hyatt expressed concerns that neither the town attorney nor Hampstead residents had been given a chance to comment on the amendments, Mr. Thomas agreed to allow the commission to review them.

Commission members decided last night to wait until the town determines what services University of Maryland will provide when reviewing the town code this summer before considering the amendments.

"I think we need to wait and see what services we will get from the University of Maryland before we go into this piecemeal," said Mr. Moler, who also serves as Planning and Zoning Commission chairman. "We need a work session and to go into all of these items together."

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