Bel Air commissioners discuss development regulations, upcoming events

The town of Bel Air's new development regulations ordinance contains no "substantial" changes, but it must still be adopted by commissioners.

The commissioners discussed the development ordinance during their work session Tuesday evening.

It contains just "translation" changes in going from the old ordinance to the new one, Town Administrator Chris Schlehr said Tuesday.

"There aren't any substantial changes to the development regulations," he reiterated.

Although the ordinance will be introduced at Monday's meeting, the planning commission will be unable to review it until its Oct. 6 meeting, so the public hearing cannot be scheduled until after that.

Commissioners also plan on voting Monday on the re-negotiated Rockfield Park lease.

The organization's operations manager and president already approved the lease, but according to Schlehr, the town wants to wait until a full board has reviewed the agreement.

Other business

Planning Director Kevin Small finished a presentation on proposed changes to the impact fees legislation for the town, one of the first being to change the title to Adequate Public Facilities.

In addition to that change, most of the modifications include clarifying formulas, streamlining the process and outlining parameters.

The new legislation is not being introduced yet, Schlehr said, and he is unsure of when it will be. For now, commissioners are reviewing the proposed changes.

Director of Administration Joyce Oliver announced the deadline for filing as a candidate in the upcoming election is Oct. 7 by 7 p.m., and added that no one has filed yet.

Director of Economic Development Trish Heidenreich announced some of the new businesses in Bel Air, including Reliable Language Services, a language translation company, on Maitland Street, and Divine Faith Fellowship, a non-profit Christian ministry on Main Street.

Upcoming events

The town meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall on Hickory Avenue.

The Bobcat Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on Bond Street to Bel Air High School.

The Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon on Main Street from Churchville Road to Lee Street.

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