Balto. Co. board drives car limits down Maximum of 6 stored per home is suggested

November 03, 1995|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Michael Annen's White Hall neighbors may have moved a step closer last night to forcing his huge collection of antique cars out of their rural neighborhood when the Baltimore County Planning Board voted to seek a limit on the number of vehicles that can be legally stored outside a home to six.

Mr. Annen has 74 cars stored outside his Troyer Road home and 15 more in his barn.

The board voted 11-2, with two abstentions, to recommend that the County Council pass a law allowing a person to store one more vehicle than the number of bedrooms in his or her home in residential areas, with a limit of six.

Farm, commercial and recreational vehicles would be exempt from the law.

The board's recommendation is not likely to become law, however, since Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder, the Fullerton Democrat who asked the board to act, said, "It won't fly with me."

He favors an earlier planning staff recommendation of a 10-vehicle limit. Six, he said, "is going to cause some people problems."

Mr. Bartenfelder said that this month he will introduce a bill mandating the 10-vehicle limit.

The controversy over Mr. Annen's cars erupted after he, his wife and two children moved to a former dairy farm near the Harford County line in early 1993. He also brought with him more than 100 old vehicles, mostly cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Several have appeared in movies shot in Maryland like "Tin Men," "Avalon" and "Hairspray."

His neighbors, especially the three families who live nearest to him, were horrified and rejected his offers to build a high fence so they couldn't see the cars. Others who live farther away are upset too and worry that if the law isn't changed, other rural areas could become huge parking lots.

After two years of arguments, zoning cases and district court appearances, Mr. Bartenfelder asked the county planners to recommend a solution.

Mr. Annen, who has moved some of the cars off his property, said last night that he plans to move more of the remaining 74 soon but will park the rest on the streets rather than sell them.

"I am defending what I love," he said.

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