Plan for drive-in theater irks residents

November 29, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

After nearly four hours of testimony before the Carroll Board of Zoning Appeals yesterday, Eldersburg residents complained they're still uncertain about the size of a proposed drive-in theater complex on Liberty Road and its impact on their community.

Residents repeatedly asked for specifics on Bumpers Drive-In Theater - which would have two screens - only to learn from those testifying in its support that it was too early to say how large the buildings would be, what improvements would be made to roads and what noise or air pollution the complex would create.

"Everything is so preliminary, how can we ask questions on rezoning?" asked Wendy Boag of Linton Springs, a subdivision in South Carroll.

Residents also asked if the three-member zoning board can make a decision based on such imprecise information.

Thomas Stansfield, attorney for the drive-in's developer, said the board is charged with reviewing the concept and approving it for a 37-acre parcel now zoned for industrial use.

"There will be many other approvals required beyond this one," Stansfield said. "We are fully aware of those requirements."

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