Eldersburg Town Hall Meeting Update

Long story short…

Hi. The issue on the table is the Planning Department’s reliance upon Big Box Store commercialization in Eldersburg as a means for growing Carroll County. They should be concentrating on bringing business and manufacturing employers to the County, but commercialization is much easier and faster.

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Making Millions for the Few at the Expense of the Many

Carroll County, Maryland Government Offices in Westminster

Carroll County, Maryland Government Offices in Westminster

Every meeting counts. Thursday morning, July 6, beginning at 10 AM in Room 311 of the Carroll County office building at 225 North Center St. in Westminster, the Board of Commissioners will receive a briefing on a zoning “text amendment” affecting B-NR zoned properties and their neighborhoods around the County.

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Point, Counterpoint.

Proposed Site for New LIDL Grocery Store

The “Right Foot” site at heart of the argument.

Arguing about the text amendment –

“It’s not the business of County government to be telling property owners specifically what they can put on land they own and would like to develop.”

“But that’s exactly what zoning is all about, isn’t it? You can put small retail here, big box stores over there, maybe townhouses, but not apartments…”

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The Eldersburg Grocery Store Market Study

On Wednesday, June 7, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission is meeting in Room 003 of the County’s office building at 225 N. Center St. in Westminster. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a “text amendment” that will change all B-NR (Business – Neighborhood Retail) property in the county to increase maximum store size from just 10,000 SF to a whopping 100,000 SF. Big difference.

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Are “Big Box” stores coming soon to your backyard?!

On Wednesday, June 7, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission is going to be meeting at the County office building, 225 North Center St. in Westminster. The meeting will begin at 6 PM in Room 003. (You’ll enter on the side of the building.)

For Eldersburg – and especially for the families who live around and nearby 1503 Liberty Road ¬– the highlight of this June 7 hearing will be the discussion of a “text amendment.” If approved, this text amendment will increase the maximum store size for all B-NR (Business – Neighborhood Retail) zoned property in the County tenfold, from 10,000 SF to 100,000 SF.

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Eldersburg: On one hand…

To be clear at the very outset, this is a story with no bad guys. Not the property owner, not the new grocery store company, not the people who own homes around the property and not the Carroll County government.  No villains.  No victims per se, although not everybody will be pleased with how all this turns out.  

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Eldersburg: “Quibbling”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hi, everyone.  “Quibbling” was the original title of “Eldersburg doesn’t need 7th grocer,” an op/ed piece that the Carroll County Times was kind enough to publish today under its “Other Voices” program.  Our thanks to the Times.  If you missed reading it, here, below, is the PDF print from today’s paper.

As always, your comments will be greatly appreciated.

Eldersburg Doesn’t Need 7th Grocer – May 4, 2017

It’s time for an Eldersburg town meeting.

LIDL Grocery StoreAlmost without exception, the comments we’ve received from respondents to our survey have been in favor of anything but another grocery store. The problem, of course, is that the property owner (a company) has every right to do what it considers to be in its best interests – as long as that choice is within the zoning for the property.

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Eldersburg: Meetings and Hearings Related to Development of 1503 Liberty Road

LIDL Grocery StoreSunday, April 9, 2017

Hi. Here are some notes related to Carroll County meetings and hearings that have bearing on the development of 22.6 acres along Liberty Road, between Georgetown Blvd. and Homeland Drive. The property includes 1503 Liberty Road, the prospective site of a new LIDL (“leedle”) that will be Eldersburg’s seventh full-size grocery store.

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