Howard County Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty Monday night withdrew a proposal that would allow a Royal Farms convenience store to move ahead with its 4-year-old plans to open a gas station and store in Columbia.
Sigaty’s proposal was contested by groups that claimed it was special treatment for the Baltimore-based chain.
Withdrawing the bill “was the smarter thing to do at this point in time,” Sigaty said in an interview, declining to elaborate.
As proposed, Sigaty’s bill would have exempted Royal Farms from zoning rules that were updated in 2016 and established minimum lot sizes and standards for the location of fuel pumps.
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