Theme Park Rebuffed

October 07, 2007

As reported Oct. 4, 1977, in The Sun:

The Howard County Zoning Board yesterday defeated the much debated proposal for a $ 75 million Marriott Corporation "theme park" on an industrially zoned site in the Guilford area south of Columbia.

At the same time, the board adopted the first comprehensive rezoning plan for Howard county in 16 years.

The vote to deny the bid by Marriott was 3 to 1. It is the second time in five years that the firm has failed to obtain zoning for a large amusement park in Howard county.

Councilman Lloyd G. Knowles, the Zoning Board chairman, said the proposal to permit theme parks in industrially zoned districts was "deficient because it lacked proper safeguards." The park was to be located on a portion of the Chase Manhattan Mortgage and Realty Trust property, which is east of Interstate 95 and west of US. 1.

In adopting the comprehensive rezoning, the Zoning Board established requirements for minimum three-acre lot sizes in the central and western end of the county under a " rural" classification .

[Paul McCardell, Sun researcher]

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