Carroll Digest


January 07, 2007

Proposal affects business centers

County staffers recently presented to the commissioners proposed amendments to Chapter 103, Development and Subdivision of Land.

The proposal would allow residences above retail establishments in the business centers served by public water and sewer, provided there is a minimum of 600 square feet and a maximum of 1,000 square feet.

Parking would be determined by the Planning and Zoning commission.

Residential use would be prohibited on the first floor, but permitted on the second and third stories (maximum of three floors).

Residential uses in a planned business center would be subject to the county's adequate public facilities law and applicable development impact fees.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 in Room 003A.

A pre-hearing workshop will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 105 of the County Office Building.

Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available on the county's Web site ( and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

State agency installs new Route 97 sign

The State Highway Administration has installed an upgraded fiber-optic sign that prohibits left turns along Route 97 (Malcolm Drive) at Nursery Road, just south of Route 140, in Westminster.

The sign was placed on the traffic-signal span wire. During times when the restrictions are not in place, the sign is not illuminated and appears blank.

The purpose of the sign is to further raise motorist awareness of the left-turn restrictions.

In August 2005, the highway administration restricted left turns between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, which has improved safety along Route 97.

Left turns are permitted at all other times and on weekends.

Motorists will have access to the Crossroads Square Shopping Center from the main entrance along eastbound Route 140.

Additional "No Left Turn" signs that are to complement the newly installed sign are posted in the median along southbound Route 97 near the shopping center.

Information: 800-635-5119.

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