Carroll County panel examining policies on all-terrain vehicles

December 10, 2003|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

Complaints about all-terrain vehicles and motorized dirt bikes in residential subdivisions have prompted Carroll County officials to examine ways to alleviate concerns over noise.

A committee with representatives from the county's parks and recreation, zoning, facilities, health and permits departments, along with officials from the sheriff's and county attorney's offices, met for the second time yesterday to exchange ideas and discuss solutions.

"[The group] is researching the problem from the complainants' and the users' points of view," said Ralph E. Green, director of the county's Department of General Services, who is leading the effort. "We're investigating both sides of the issue.

Recent complaints center around graded courses that have been built in residential back yards, said Neil Ridgely, the county's zoning administrator. His office is handling about a half-dozen complaints from throughout the county, including Eldersburg, Finksburg and Manchester, Ridgely said.

At least three property owners have been cited for violating zoning regulations for "maintaining a racecourse" on their land, according to county records. Ridgely acknowledged that homeowners have property rights.

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