Panel recommends planning quality business parks in Carroll

March 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Carroll County must develop quality business parks if it is to draw companies with high-paying jobs and keep its work force closer to home, according to an economic development commission report given to the commissioners yesterday.

The employment campus subcommittee of the economic development commission recommended "well-designed, aesthetically pleasing" business centers in any area of the county, "provided strict regulatory standards" are met.

"If we set the parameters, we can control this," said Louna Primm, chairwoman of the subcommittee. She said business parks in Owings Mills and Columbia were examples of "what we want to attract and how we want the parks to look."

The county has an educated work force that could fill high-technology jobs such business parks would attract. But more than 60 percent of Carroll's workers are employed outside the county. Carroll also needs to increase its industrial tax base, which is the lowest in the metropolitan area.

The commissioners will await a review by county planners before making zoning changes that would allow the parks.

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