Bill would allow go-cart tracks in industrial zones


Go-cart tracks in industrially zoned areas would have to be built at least 500 feet from the nearest home or residential district under an amendment Howard County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray proposed at a council work session yesterday.

The County Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on the east Columbia Democrat's bill to allow go-cart tracks in heavy manufacturing zones if they are part of larger multifeatured recreation facilities.

The bill was inspired by James Harris, who operates Rounding Third, a baseball-batting facility on U.S. 1 in Jessup.

Harris wants to move to a site in the Route 100 Business Park, where he would expand to include miniature golf and go-carts.

Despite Harris' assurances that modern go-carts are quieter and safer, Nancy Couch of the 6900 block of Linden Ave. in Jessup complained that a track would be too noisy.

Additionally, others who live along U.S. 1 are worried that more tracks could be built along the heavily industrial corridor, said Councilman Christopher J. Merdon, an Elkridge Republican.

Councilman Guy J. Guzzone, a Laurel-Savage Democrat, said he had visited the Rounding Third site before the work session discussion yesterday and could not see any homes.

And Councilwoman Mary C. Lorsung, a West Columbia Democrat, noted that most other industrial uses are noisier than a recreational facility.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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