Rezoning decision due on land in business center


Hampstead's Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss tonight changing the zoning for three tracts of land in the Roberts Field Business Center from general business to local business use.

The tracts, which are restricted as part of a "planned business center," abut the Roberts Field housing development and are part of the shopping strip that houses a Weis Supermarket, a McDonald's and a Jos. A. Bank clothing outlet.

Commissioners are considering a proposal, presented Sept. 26, for Blockbuster Video, Wendy's and Yingling General Tire Center on one of the tracts, which is at North Woods Trail and Clearview Avenue.

Some Roberts Field residents have objected to the plan, saying such businesses are inappropriate for a site near a housing development. Commission members are expected to vote on the building proposal tonight.

Under Hampstead's zoning ordinances, a local business designation is more restrictive than general business use. A local business district is expected to provide retail services to a neighboring residential community.

Planned business centers -- shopping centers -- can be established in either general business or local business zones, but exclude certain uses that the zoning otherwise would permit.

The planned business centers prohibit many of the more intrusive land uses allowed under general business zoning, such as golf driving ranges and hotels.

Veterinary clinics and bowling alleys, for instance, are likely to be prohibited in a shopping center under local business zoning but are acceptable in a shopping center in a general business district.

Board members also are expected to discuss a proposed addition to the town's ordinances governing land subdivision that would prohibit developers from recording more than 50 lots per year in each housing development.

Carroll County is in the process of adopting such legislation and has asked each municipality to do the same.

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