Commissioners may regulate assisted living


With a growing number of developers looking to build assisted-living housing in Carroll County, the county commissioners decided yesterday to take the first step toward regulating such facilities.

Acting on a suggestion by county planning Director Philip J. Rovang, the commissioners directed the planning staff to draft a zoning ordinance amendment that would address issues such as parking and setback requirements for assisted-living facilities.

"The current zoning ordinance talks about terms we've been familiar with for 20 years, things like nursing homes and senior housing. It doesn't address assisted-living facilities," Rovang told the commissioners. "We need to see what regulations are needed."

Other Maryland counties, including Baltimore, Prince George's and Anne Arundel, have adopted zoning regulations.

"We're finding that assisted-living facilities that would not be approved in other counties are coming to Carroll because we have this loophole," said George Beisser, the county's zoning administrator. "The perception is that it's easier to get approval here."

The planning department is expected to report to the commissioners with its recommendations next month.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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