After 10 years battling scores of developers to preserve Severna Park as a "bedroom community," the Greater Severna Park Council zoning chairman James E. Gutman says he wants to set the group's zoning principles down on paper for all to see.
Over the next month, the council will review six zoning principles proposed by Gutman. He said the guidelines could be cited in instances where the council cannot meet to take a formal position on a project.
Gutman's motion calls for the council to officially recognize that the area served by the GSPC is "predominantly a bedroom community consisting mostly of single-family residences" and sets the following guidelines:
* Support the current zoning code and regulations.
* Oppose increasing residential densities and the intensification of commercial uses.
* Encourage beautification of private and public lands.
* Oppose exceptions and variances of height limitations in the existing ordinances.
* Support the reasonable phasing-out of non-conforming land uses.
* Expect the county to provide vigorous enforcement of all zoning code provisions that will enhance the quality of life.