Planning panel does not favor business district expansion plan

November 16, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A proposal to expand Westminster's business district west along Pennsylvania Avenue and into a primarily residential area has been given an unfavorable review by the city's planning and zoning commission.

The proposal now heads to the city's Common Council, which is to schedule a public hearing before taking action.

Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works, said the proposal would probably not be on the city council's agenda until January.

The proposed zoning amendment would allow the establishment of light business, such as coffeehouses and art galleries, from West Main Street to Sullivan Avenue. Planning and zoning commission members expressed concerns over parking and traffic and said most Pennsylvania Avenue residents appear to oppose the proposal.

The five-member commission's vote to issue an "unfavorable recommendation" Thursday was unanimous.

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