With one member missing and the rest evenly divided, the Board of Appeals postponed a decision last week on a contentious proposal for a warehouse adjacent to the residential Elkridge neighborhood of Dorsey.
The Reisterstown developer who wants to build the warehouse is seeking permission to reduce the required 150-foot setback between his property and the community.
Residents at the hearing, which began at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ran until midnight, said the proposal would harm the neighborhood.
Chairman Robert C. Sharps was absent.
A preliminary vote by the remaining four board members was evenly split.
The board will continue deliberating at 7 p.m. July 18 in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.