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Annexation of farm requested


The owners of a 50-acre farm on Uniontown Road want to annex their property to the city of Westminster and change the zoning to allow for higher-density development.

The City Council accepted an annexation petition last night, which starts the process for consideration of whether to accept the property.

The farm, adjacent to The Greens subdivision on the north side of Uniontown Road, is owned by Samuel H. Shriver and George M. Shriver III. The annexation petition, signed by the Shrivers, was filed from Peter Bosworth, president of Bosworth Properties in Baltimore. City Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard said he believes that Mr. Bosworth has a contract to buy the land.

Under county zoning laws, the land's current status would allow development of single-family houses on half-acre lots. Mr. Bosworth's petition asked the city to zone the property for quarter-acre lots.

Council President Kenneth A. Yowan said the next step in the annexation process will be to introduce a resolution to refer the petition to the city planning and zoning commission for a public hearing and recommendation. That resolution is expected to be introduced at the June 14 council meeting.

In other action last night, the city council:

* Adopted an ordinance to fine business or apartment owners whose fire alarm systems consistently sound false alarms and who fail to get the systems fixed.

The ordinance says a defective fire alarm system is one that sounds false alarms three times in 30 days or five times a year.

Owners who don't have the systems fixed after notice face fines of $400 a day.

* Agreed to provide bus stop signs for Carroll Transit vans at stops on Pennsylvania, Sullivan and Wimert avenues and East Main Street.

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