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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2002
Residents who sought to restrict commercial development at Lee Airport in Edgewater are asking Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens to take up their plight and veto a recent zoning decision. The Anne Arundel County Council voted 6-1 this week to assign commercial zoning to 30 acres at the airport, where the owners want to build a retail village. But some residents strongly oppose the idea, arguing that the shopping center will pollute Warehouse Creek and create traffic hassles on Route 2. "We are very concerned about the whole area around here and believe this [rezoning]
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April 29, 2011
In the past few weeks The Baltimore Sun has published several articles in which the neighbors of a proposed Sheppard Pratt facility known as "The Retreat" have been much maligned for their opposition. The Board of the Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association would like to correct this mischaracterization of the neighborhood's opposition. We, as an organization, have historically fought against intrusions into our neighborhoods that include not only Ruxton but also those in the Riderwood and Lake Roland communities.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2003
Neighbors opposed to the expansion of a wine bar and cafe on the northern boundary of Columbia say they are considering negotiating a settlement with the property's owner. About 20 nearby residents listened to a possible compromise presented Monday by Donald R. Reuwer Jr. of Reuwer Enterprises LLC for the Iron Bridge Wine Company, which opened in May in the former Crown's Pub. If residents agree to drop opposition to a proposal before the county hearing examiner for a 540-square-foot enclosed addition, Reuwer said he would withdraw an application for commercial zoning through Howard County's comprehensive rezoning process, which is under way. He also said he would not seek commercial zoning for the next 31 1/2 years.
NEWS
August 25, 2006
Ahalf-dozen years ago, folks living along tiny rural roads in a section of southern Anne Arundel County got together with county planners to recommend their preference for future development. The country crossroads at Wayson's Corner, little changed in decades and most famous for its bingo hall, had grown a bit shabby. But the South County Small Area Plan urged a sprucing-up that maintained "a sense of place" by providing community services and reusing buildings, such as turning the old tobacco warehouse into an antiques mart.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2003
Howard County's citizen planners grappled yesterday with the thorny question of whether new commercial zones could be added in the west without chipping away at those communities' rural character. The local Planning Board, a panel of five volunteers, will recommend ways to comprehensively rezone the county - a process that started with professional planners late last year and will end with a County Council vote in December, or thereabouts. Yesterday, the Planning Board began discussing the many proposed changes, some of which came from landowners and some of which were suggested by the Department of Planning and Zoning.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 24, 2003
A group of residents battling to keep commercial zoning from getting a toehold in their Columbia neighborhood brought in high-caliber firepower last night to aid their cause - a former state senator and a former county executive. James Clark Jr., a former Senate president, and Charles I. Ecker, who led Howard County in the 1990s, added their voices to the din against B-1 retail zoning on a parcel on Route 108 - across from Clark's farm and near Ecker's home. More than 200 people packed the county's sizable Banneker Room to testify on that proposal and many others, all part of the once-a-decade comprehensive rezoning in a jurisdiction with some of the highest land values in the state.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1999
Residents who run businesses out of their homes along Defense Highway in Crofton haven't persuaded the Crofton small area planning committee to recommend the commercial zoning they want. They'll have another chance to plead their case tonight at a public hearing on the final draft of the small-area plan covering the area bound by the Little Patuxent River, Route 3, U.S. 50 and the North River. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Crofton Woods Elementary School, and residents can sign up at 5: 30 p.m. to speak before the panel.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
A county board looking for a vision of Howard's development future is hearing the same mantra from dozens of people faced with the possibility of commercial operations moving into their communities: No, no, a thousand times no. "This is the domino effect we are so concerned about," said Cathi Higgins, who is among those against plans to rezone nearly 40 acres along Montgomery Road in Ellicott City to commercial, proposed in large part because Long Gate...
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | April 5, 1992
Clarksville is doing just fine without 45 more acres for business development, local residents told the county Zoning Board last week.Nearly 80 people turned out Tuesday to tell the board how they thought the western half of the county should be rezoned.The four-hour hearing concluded public testimony on the county's comprehensive rezoning in the west.The County Council, sitting asthe Zoning Board, will now take at least several weeks to rule on the requested changes.Chief among residents' concerns were proposals by the Department of Planning and Zoning that would convert 25 acres of three-acre residential zoning to commercial use and upgrade 13 existing commercial acres.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2001
Officials from Damascus House, a Brooklyn Park substance abuse treatment center that incensed neighbors with its proposed expansion, will attend a community meeting next month to clarify their plan. Charles Mooneyhan, the center's director, said yesterday that he will bring information about the project, along with an architect and a zoning expert, to the meeting. He said he was surprised at the protest but acknowledged, "We know we can't please everyone in the community." The 17-bed treatment center in the 4200 block of Ritchie Highway wants to buy a property on nearby Edison Street and renovate a house there into a 15-bed facility.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | May 12, 2006
The hearings consumed 13 hours over three nights, involved three lawyers, numerous expert witnesses, testimony by nearly a dozen residents and so many documents that they filled three boxes just for one side and required a dolly to be wheeled into the room. Faced with this mass of evidence, the Zoning Board devoted 22 minutes before rendering a decision. Those 22 minutes, though, were not spent deliberating. They were taken by four brief speeches, one by each board member, explaining how and why he was to vote.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2004
Howard County's planners are trying to guide growth in a seven-mile stretch of the U.S. 40 corridor over the next two decades with a recipe of proposed zoning changes, but group of western Ellicott City residents says its neighborhood is fine just as it is - and no thank you. The major uncontested focus is on the future of large, older commercial centers such as Normandy Shopping Center and Chatham Mall, but residents of the Coventry housing development on...
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2004
A task force proposing mixed-use centers along U.S. 40 and Frederick Road will seek more input from community members about their concerns. Areas around Chatham Mall and Normandy Shopping Center, as well as sites along Frederick Road at St. Johns Lane and at Centennial and Bethany lanes, could be developed with housing, offices and shops under the proposed commercial zoning. The task force charged with charting a course for the corridor's future development outlined its draft plan last week in a workshop that drew more than 100 people to the Ellicott City Senior Center.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2003
Some of Howard's councilmen see great commercial potential along Route 100, the commuter connector between Ellicott City and Interstate 95, envisioning a thoroughfare lined with corporate headquarters, their logos visible from the roadway. At recent work sessions for the county's decennial comprehensive rezoning process, Councilman Christopher J. Merdon suggested they consider commercial zoning for land adjacent to parcels near the Route 103 interchange, an area proposed for commercial zoning.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2003
A Howard County councilman's suggestion to create an office-institutional zone on a highly controversial stretch of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City has surprised residents, property owners and development interests. At Thursday night's comprehensive rezoning work session, Ellicott City-Elkridge Republican Christopher J. Merdon asked Council Chairman Guy Guzzone for three minutes to explain his reasoning behind what he described his "toughest issue since coming into office." The proposed community center transition district is "a low-intensity zone, and it offers the possibility of senior housing," Merdon said.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2003
Neighbors opposed to the expansion of a wine bar and cafe on the northern boundary of Columbia say they are considering negotiating a settlement with the property's owner. About 20 nearby residents listened to a possible compromise presented Monday by Donald R. Reuwer Jr. of Reuwer Enterprises LLC for the Iron Bridge Wine Company, which opened in May in the former Crown's Pub. If residents agree to drop opposition to a proposal before the county hearing examiner for a 540-square-foot enclosed addition, Reuwer said he would withdraw an application for commercial zoning through Howard County's comprehensive rezoning process, which is under way. He also said he would not seek commercial zoning for the next 31 1/2 years.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1999
County Executive Janet S. Owens has offered to create a task force to study noise restrictions in West County to help thousands of residents living in developments surrounded by industrial and commercial activities, and to help the County Council move forward on updating the county's commercial zoning code.The task force would create a county noise ordinance or other legislation separate from the commercial zoning code, and would decide who should enforce the law. In exchange, the County Council would likely delete any reference to noise restrictions in the zoning bill, according to chairman Daniel E. Klosterman Jr.County administrators, testifying before the County Council Monday night, offered Owens' proposal for forming the task force next month, with orders to report back to the council by the end of April.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2001
A planning and zoning proposal for Deale and Shady Side - including a plan to put more restrictions on some commercial properties - may be significantly altered or scrapped altogether by Anne Arundel County Council members at a Sept. 4 meeting. "Anything is possible," said Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, a Linthicum Democrat, who attended a public meeting Saturday at the Deale Fire Hall with Councilwoman Shirley Murphy and Councilman Daniel E. Klosterman Jr. "It seems like the issue is divided both ways right down the middle."
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | September 22, 2003
After decades of fighting, homeowners and businesses wedged into the Route 3 median in Gambrills are one step closer to a zoning change that would let them improve and sell their properties. The Anne Arundel County Council's approval this month of the Odenton Small Area Plan included a recommendation to change the zoning in the wide, oddly shaped median (about a mile long and 400 feet wide) from residential to commercial. The change is expected to be official in the spring, when the county undertakes its comprehensive rezoning initiative.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 24, 2003
A group of residents battling to keep commercial zoning from getting a toehold in their Columbia neighborhood brought in high-caliber firepower last night to aid their cause - a former state senator and a former county executive. James Clark Jr., a former Senate president, and Charles I. Ecker, who led Howard County in the 1990s, added their voices to the din against B-1 retail zoning on a parcel on Route 108 - across from Clark's farm and near Ecker's home. More than 200 people packed the county's sizable Banneker Room to testify on that proposal and many others, all part of the once-a-decade comprehensive rezoning in a jurisdiction with some of the highest land values in the state.
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