The County Council will consider legislation tonight that will make it easier for drive-through restaurants to locate in Anne Arundel County.
The bill sponsored by Councilman George Bachman, a Linthicum Democrat, would require drive-through restaurants to have C-3 zoning, which is more widespread than C-4 zoning. The proposal was part of an omnibus zoning bill defeated by the previous County Council.
Council President Diane Evans, an Arnold Republican, has expressed reservations about the bill, saying it could have a significant impact on neighborhood shopping centers. "A golden arches doesn't fit in every neighborhood," she told her colleagues at a council work session.
Also on tonight's agenda, the council will consider a bill that would divert money that now goes into economic development into a new Housing Incentive Program. The money would come from the fees that businesses pay when the county helps them obtain low-interest financing for public-interest projects, including factories and low-cost housing.
Human Services Officer Ardath Cade said the program would only divert fees paid on the bonds sold for housing projects. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Arundel Center in Annapolis.