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HoCo Planning Board denies gas station zoning request

HoCo Planning Board denies gas station zoning request

Citing discomfort with singling out a particular industry to regulate, members of the Howard County Planning Board voted Thursday to deny a request by a group of local gas station owners that would have placed restrictions on where new gas stations in the county could be located.

But they said they wanted the discussion to continue.

"I'm of the opinion that this needs a lot more study," board member Bill Santos said before the three members at the meeting voted unanimously to oppose the amendment. The board's fourth member, Phil Engelke, couldn't attend but sent a letter opposing the request.

The amendment, submitted by the Howard County Independent Business...