County zoning panel delays decision on Mount Airy tract

April 10, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A Lisbon electronic communication company's plan to consolidate its operations by moving from Lisbon to Mount Airy was temporarily put on hold by the Howard County Zoning Board.

Board members said Tuesday night they would visit the 4.6-acre property on Old Frederick Road, where System Integrators Inc. wants to build additional office and storage space, before deciding whether to change the property's zoning from residential to business rural.

System Integrators -- which has been in Lisbon for five years -- tests and installs electronic equipment for towers for such wireless communication devices as cellular telephones, said owner Charles Mills.

In February, the Howard County Planning Board recommended against the zoning change, saying the business didn't fit with the business rural zoning, which allows businesses that support agriculture.

But attorney Thomas M. Meachum disagreed. "The only question the Zoning Board has to answer is: Would the property be appropriate for a business rural use? That answer is yes."

He added, "The business does support residents, farmers and businesses who use cell phones, because they are an integral part of the wireless communication system."

The Zoning Board will make a decision within the next few weeks, officials said.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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