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Downtown zoning plan bars some businesses


The Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to review proposed zoning changes tomorrow that would bar some businesses from moving into the central business district.

The commission, which will meet at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, does not have the authority to adopt the zoning changes but can make a recommendation to the City Council.

The proposed zoning changes would prohibit businesses such as service stations, package goods stores, funeral homes, animal hospitals, circuses and drive-in theaters from moving into the retail core area bounded by Green Street, John Street, Sherwood Drive, Emerald Hill Drive and Longwell Avenue.

Existing businesses in those categories would be allowed to remain in the downtown retail area as nonconforming uses. That means that if the business closed for six months, it would not be allowed to reopen downtown.

Brehm Road section to be closed

Brehm Road outside Westminster will be closed for two to four weeks between Tannery Road and Kelly's Court because of a collapsed pipe, county roads officials said yesterday.

Only local traffic will be allowed on Brehm Road during repairs. Motorists should follow detour signs to avoid delays.


* Aspen Run: Reese and Arcadia and Boring of Baltimore County were dispatched to assist pumping water in a house in the 400 block of Duncan Lane at 11:56 p.m. Monday. Units were out for one hour and 20 minutes.

Carrollton: Reese responded to assist a call for high water in the 2800 block of Carrollton Road at 1:12 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for two hours. The flooding came from a severe thunder and lightning storm that came through Carroll County about 11 p.m. Monday.

Westminster: Westminster and Reese investigated a fire alarm sounding in a building in the 300 block of Crest Lane at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 40 minutes.

Westminster responded to investigate the report of a fire alarm sounding on Hook Road at 11:46 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 12 minutes.

Westminster responded to a trash fire on Old Westminster Pike at Spruce Avenue at 7:59 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 19 minutes.

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