Candle Light Inn site subject of zoning hearing

The future of the Candle Light Inn could become clearer after a public zoning hearing scheduled to take place Nov. 18 in Towson.

Three "Zoning Notice" signs were placed in front of the iconic Frederick Road restaurant on Oct. 28, according to Baltimore County Zoning Supervisor Carl Richards.

Candle Light Realty LLC is listed as the legal owner and Witzke Properties is listed as the contract purchaser on the county petition for the zoning hearing filed with the county's Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections.

The Nov. 18 hearing will address the applicability of a special exception to permit a funeral establishment, according to one of the signs.

"The special exception, that's the major part," Richards said on Monday, Nov. 4.

The special exception will address a proposed change in the use of the property to allow a funeral home.

In addition to the special exception and the hearing, the petition also lists a requests for a variance for Witzke Properties to build a garage-like parking structure behind the existing building to be used for storage.

"It's not that difficult [to obtain], it's just not permitted as a matter of right," Richards said of the special exception. "If it was a commercial zone, they could have it there."

The property is currently zoned as "density residential."

The hearing will allow those for and against the changes to express their opinions to the county, Richards said.

"Anybody that feels affected should show up," he said. "And if somebody has an objection, but for some reason can't come to the hearing, all they have to do is mail us an letter with those case numbers shown on the signs."

The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Room 205 of the Jefferson Building, 105 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson.

Craig Witzke, owner of Witzke Properties and Craig Witzke Funeral Care, also declined to comment on Monday.

Calls to the Candle Light Inn were not returned Monday.

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