A bank holding company that sought a fivefold increase in the number of homes it could develop on a secluded 14-acre lot on Columbia's southern edge has been told by the county Zoning Board that it will have to settle for less. But it was told the allowed housing density could be doubled.
In a work session Wednesday night, County Council members, sitting as the Zoning Board, voted 4-1 to grant "residential-single cluster" zoning for the property on both sides of Old Columbia Road just north of the Middle Patuxent River. The new zoning allows four homes per acre, compared to the current zoning, which allows only two.
The vote instructs county attorneys how to write the board's decision, which could take several weeks. The decision will not be official until it is signed by board members.
The site was zoned office/research until last year, when the Zoning Board voted 3-2 to convert 10 acres of it to "environmental residential," which requires homes to be clustered away from sensitive areas such as steep slopes and flood plain.
The owner, Chesapeake Holdings-Clark's Crossing Ltd., a holding company of First National Bank of Maryland, argued that last year's rezoning was in error and would reduce the property's value by about 25 percent.
County agencies move offices
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services, the Office of Human Rights and the Community Action Council, formerly at 9250 Rumsey Road, have relocated to the Gateway Building, second floor, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, 21046.
New phone numbers are:
Director's Office, 313-6400; Disabilities Services, 313-6402; Child Services Coordinator, 313-6411; Consumers Affairs, 313-6420; Office on Aging, main number, 313-6410, Community Services, 313-6410, Adult Community Evaluation Services, 313-6450, Nutrition, 313-6410, and Housing Program, 313-6410; Human Rights, 313-6430; and Community Action Council, 313-6440.
L The FAX number for all the offices listed above is 313-6424.
TTY for the deaf is 313-6401.
* Owen Brown: 9300 block of Gerwig Lane: Computer equipment was stolen from a business Tuesday. Officers responding to an alarm found a side window screen cut and a window pried open, police said.
9400 block of Gerwig Lane: A window was broken at the Eastland Food Corp. during an attempted robbery Tuesday. Police said a blue Ford van was seen leaving the area.
* Long Reach: 5400 block of Luck Penny Place: Someone entered the lower level of a home between Friday and Tuesday and vandalized the interior, police said.