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Zoning official set to hear concerns about plans for Glen Burnie 'fun park'

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Some Glen Burnie residents were not amused last week when they heard of a developer's plans to build a "fun park" near Ritchie Highway that would include go-carts and paintball. They'll take their concerns today to a county zoning officer.

Les Jenkins, developer of the proposed Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, is seeking a special exception to build the park in a commercially zoned district near Dover Road and Ritchie Highway.

The developer also has applied for a variance to build the park on the site, which is farther from a freeway than allowed for an amusement park. Both requests will be presented at a public hearing this morning at the county offices in Annapolis.

Jenkins' lawyer, Charles F. Delavan, said county officials told him Jenkins would not need the variance, but he applied for it anyway because the interpretation of the law varies. It is the special exception that has neighbors in the communities off Furnace Branch Road steamed. They worry about traffic in the already clogged corridor.

Kyle, who lived in Twin Coves, said Jenkins' proposal packs too many amusements onto one site. The noise in the area is unbearable, she said."

The hearing will be held at 10:45 a.m. in Room 318 of the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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