New zoning class closer to passage in Carroll Co.

November 14, 2003|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

The Carroll County commissioners moved a step closer yesterday to establishing a new zoning classification to encourage the development of high-tech business parks with well-paying jobs.

After the county planning office presented details of an "employment campus zoning district" - along with an accompanying process for speeding along review of prospective developers' proposals - the commissioners voted to set a public hearing on the proposal.

Steven C. Horn, county planning director, said that when the policy is in place, the county could designate parcels for use as business parks as part of its periodic reviews of zoning throughout the county.

For the past decade, the county has been trying to devise strategies to attract businesses and light manufacturing companies that would increase its tax base and offer better-paying jobs to Carroll residents.

The employment campus zoning class would apply to land of at least 50 acres that meets certain criteria, such as having adequate road access and water and sewer capacities. The business parks would be used for computer services, engineering and research facilities, hotel and conference centers, light manufacturing facilities and professional offices.

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