Committee maps proposal for zoning for Broadneck Group hopes outline preserves green space, slows growth on parkway

November 19, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A citizens committee has presented to fellow Broadneck residents a zoning plan based on the tenets of preserving green space and scenic roads and waterways, protecting local roads from excessive traffic and barring new commercial zoning along College Parkway.

"This is going to be the model that's used to determine zoning for Broadneck in the next decade," said Steve Carr, chairman of the Broadneck Small Area Plan Committee. "Hopefully, [future] zoning will reflect the goals and objectives of this community."

The 18-member committee presented its plan to about 250 community residents at Broadneck High School this week after nearly a year of work. Similar area groups around the county are making community presentations in the next few weeks.

These committees are all supposed to draft plans to guide the use of private property and public spending on roads, parks, libraries, schools and senior centers for 20 years.

Carr said the plan had to be written so generally that "In and of itself it doesn't have a lot of practical use. It's like saying you're for motherhood and against sin. Who could argue against that?"

Still, those who've seen the plan seemed happy with the Broadneck proposal.

"They seemed to think our vision of Broadneck is their vision of Broadneck," Carr said.

The proposal emphasized general requirements like protecting the rural ambience, maintaining schools, developing trails and parks and revitalizing business without new commercial zoning on College Parkway -- a sensitive topic in the community.

Carr said some residents who own land along College Parkway have sought to zone their property commercial to the dismay of neighbors.

He said that with this small area plan, if a property owner wants to change the zoning in the future, "What we would do is use that plan to say, 'Wait a minute, Mr. Councilperson, you had a small area planning committee that looked at this issue, had public forums and clearly said to you: Don't [change the property's zoning] to commercial. Now how dare you do this?' "

"That's where the value of this is," he said. "We've established the framework."

The plan also pushed for improving the intersection of College Parkway and Route 2, and monitoring traffic accidents on College Parkway.

Michael Fox, a planner with the county Department of Planning and Code Enforcement, said the committee will meet with county officials in December to review suggestions residents submit after seeing the plan. The committee will submit a final report to the County Council early next year.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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