Public hearing today on plan to rezone land for business use


To encourage commercial and industrial growth in Carroll - the types of projects that generate substantial tax revenue - the county commissioners are moving forward with plans to rezone eight properties for business development.

They will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. todayin Room 3 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St. in Westminster. At the hearing, citizens will have a chance to comment on the proposed rezonings.

Seven of the properties totaling 662 acres would be zoned for industrial use, and a 21-acre parcel would be zoned for commercial development. Owners of adjoining properties have been notified of the proposed land use changes.

The sites were among 14 that had been identified by the Economic Development Commission in 1998 as potential sites for commercial and industrial growth. Several of those sites were rejected by the county planning commission.

The commissioners directed Steven C. Horn,county planning director,to move forward with the rezoning process during their nine-month review of the county's proposed master plan.

Carroll has about 1,000 acres of marketable industrially zoned land and needs another 1,000, according to Jack T. Lyburn,county economic development director.

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