Carroll passes business park zoning plan

April 02, 2004|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

After more than 10 years of discussion, drafting and revising, the Carroll County commissioners unanimously approved employment campus zoning yesterday, adopting an ordinance that would designate land for business parks and guard industrial parcels against commercial use.

The county commissioners said they have laid the groundwork for the creation of high-tech business parks and well-paying jobs.

The zoning will help the county increase its industrial land and keep "the talent and potential we have moving through the county now working here instead," said Commissioner Dean L. Minnich. "People can live in the county where they work, and business can help pay down the load on schools, roads and emergency services."

For the past decade, the county has been trying to devise strategies to attract businesses and light-manufacturing companies that would increase its commercial and industrial tax base, which at 12 percent is the lowest rate in the Baltimore area.

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