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Commissioners Consider Zoning Changes in Allegany County

July 3rd, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A number of concerns about zoning changes were raised during a recent public hearing- and after taking those into account- a revised proposal has been presented to the Allegany County Commissioners for consideration. The  proposed zoning change that would allow some businesses in residential areas. An addition to the language of the proposed change will limit the total square footage of any business permitted in a residential area to 2,000 square feet, with the exception of greenhouses and nurseries.  At a public hearing on the changes last month in Flinstone, at least one resident expressed concern that small-scale businesses were not clearly defined, leaving an opening for uses not compatible with a residential neighborhood. David Dorsey, the county’s acting planning coordinator, told county officials that the basic idea is to allow property owners to operate a small business in their home or a building in a residential area. He believes the amendments should be acceptable to those citizens who has offered criticisms…


One Response to “Commissioners Consider Zoning Changes in Allegany County”

  1. July 05, 2013 at 8:17 am, Sharon said:

    In order for small businesses to succeed, a space as samll as 2,000 square feet in a residential area could be too restrictive. Allegany County already has very little growth and this measure would deter new businesses from entering the community.

    I believe each business should be considered separately of the neighborhood, type of business, etc.

    Sharon Michael


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