Long-running zoning case to reopen after request by airfield's owner

October 06, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Carroll County's longest-running zoning appeal is scheduled to resume Oct. 28, when a Woodbine farmer plans to seek permission to reopen his private airfield -- without the gliders that have angered his neighbors.

The Board of Zoning Appeals had been expected to decide Sept. 29 whether Michael R. Harrison would be allowed to reopen the airfield, but deferred its decision after Harrison asked to reopen the hearing.

The board is scheduled to reopen the case at 1: 30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

"I want to make a concession that I won't have gliders at the airport," Harrison said. "It looked like that's what most of the [opponents'] testimony was about."

He was referring to testimony at hearings in August and last month.

The case has its roots in a 1972 appeals board authorization for Harrison's father to open a private airport. Neighbors began fighting the airport after it became a glider port a decade later.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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