Planning commission to vote on master plan next month Panel is expected to approve revision


After more than two months of reviewing public comments on Carroll County's proposed master plan, the planning commission agreed yesterday that the document guiding the future development of the county is ready for final approval.

The planning commission said it would take a formal vote on the plan during its July 21 meeting before sending it to the County Commissioners. The County Commissioners can accept or reject the plan, but they cannot amend it.

The planning commission also voted yesterday to include two minor changes to the proposed master plan. It approved rezoning a 115-acre parcel north of Route 140 and west of the county's Northern Landfill from agricultural to industrial.

Walter Kennell, owner of Partner's Quality Recycling in Baltimore, hopes to open a recycling facility on the property, which is owned by Joel E. Hurwitz.

Yesterday's vote only allows the rezoning to become part of the proposed master plan. Before opening a facility, Kennell's rezoning request must win approval from the County Commissioners.

Carroll Land Services Inc., an engineering and surveying company, won approval for its plan to rezone nearly 1 acre on the 400 block of E. Main St., outside Westminster city limits, from residential to business. The rezoning would allow the business to expand its operations.

A public hearing will be held on the proposed zoning change in the next three to four weeks.

The proposed master plan directs growth -- estimated at 200,000 residents during the next 20 years -- to established community planning areas: the eight towns, Finksburg and the Freedom District, which includes South Carroll, the county's most populous region with 28,000 residents.

The planning commission has held several information meetings on the plan. A public hearing in April drew nearly 60 people, many of whom opposed the plan because it directs growth to the most populous areas of the county.

If approved by the County Commissioners, the revision would be the first since the original master plan was drafted in 1964.

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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