Appeals board member dies on vacation James A. Zester Sr., 63, was appointed in October

February 05, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

James A. Zester Sr., the newest member of the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals, died of a heart attack Monday while vacationing in St. Maarten, a Caribbean resort.

Commissioner Richard T. Yates appointed Zester, 63, an Eldersburg resident who shared the commissioner's growth-control stance, to the three-member board in October.

In recent months, the board frequently has overturned decisions rendered by the county Planning and Zoning Commission. Often, the commission denied building projects in areas where schools and roads were inadequate, only to have the board reverse the decision on appeal.

"Mr. Zester's replacement could have a serious impact on the planning commission," said Joseph H. Mettle, planning commission member. "What temperament goes on the board is important."

Until a replacement is named, Ronald Hoff, the alternate member, will serve on the board.

The County Commissioners can make Hoff's temporary appointment permanent or consider another resident to fill the remaining 33 months of Zester's term.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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