Council OKs legislation enforcing design parameters for Parole Plaza

Measure holds builder to established standards

November 07, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County Council narrowly approved a controversial bill Monday that would hold Parole Plaza redeveloper Carl Freedman to design standards set last spring.

The legislation, introduced by Annapolis Democrat Barbara D. Samorajczyk, was adopted in a 4-to-3 vote. It was not supported by County Executive Janet S. Owens.

Samorajczyk argued that without the imposition of design standards, Freedman could move ahead with construction of a WalMart and residential tower without considering resident-approved building criteria. Freedman, who is a member of the advisory committee that established the standards, has said he will adhere to them.

Samorajczyk said that the WalMart and residential tower would set the aesthetic tone for the redevelopment, which could take decades to complete. She argued that unless elected officials acted quickly to lock in design parameters, they might regret it later.

Also last night, the council approved the sale of $18 million in revenue bonds to finance construction of an Anne Arundel Community College campus at Arundel Mills scheduled to open in 2003.

The council also approved a zoning map for South County, as well as an emergency bill prohibiting go-cart tracks in areas zoned for amusement parks.

Residents discussed the pros and cons of a Severna Park zoning map, but the council ran out of time to vote on the matter. The meeting lasted until 12:30 a.m., despite Council Chairman Shirley Murphy's efforts to limit speakers.

The bill will be added to the Dec. 3 meeting agenda.

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