The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on September 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM in the County Commissioners meeting room, (203 South Fourth St., Courthouse Annex, Oakland, MD). The Board will review a petition submitted by Mr. Bill Meagher to amend the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance. Specifically, Mr. Meagher is requesting an amendment to the Table of Use Regulations to add a new category of use under section 157.024 (c) 23 for "Boat Rental including boat rides and / or boat tours as a separate service business and not offering any other services associated with a Marina." The use would be P-Permitted in the TC and C zoning districts; permitted by SE-Special Exception in the TR, CR-1 and CR-2 zoning districts; and, N-Not permitted in any other district. Mr. Meagher's petition also includes an amendment to the Table of Dimensional Requirements for Principal Uses, section 157.041(c) 10 to read "Sale or rental of recreational vehicles, including boat rental as a separate service business." The use would require a minimum land area of 10,000 sq. ft. in any districts where it is permitted except as provided in section 157.041(c) 3 which requires 6,000 sq. ft. per use and shopping centers.
The Board will also review proposals to amend the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance as recommended by the Garrett County Planning Commission. Specifically, the Planning Commission is recommending an amendment to the Table of Dimensional Requirements for Principal Uses under section 157.041E.2 to add the C-Commercial district under the column heading "Zoning District" and within the same row and block as the TC-Town Center District. The Planning Commission is also recommending an amendment to section 157.041E.3 of the Table of Dimensional Requirements for Principal Uses to alter the types of uses that would qualify for reduced land areas within a shopping center; to properly align the column headings and minimum land area standards; and to strike certain provisions for other zoning districts and land areas to read as follows:
157.041E.3. Retail uses, service businesses and commercial recreational uses that are situated in shopping centers having a minimum land area of 1 acre. Only those retail,k service and commercial recreational uses specified under this Article as requiring a minimum land area of 10,000 sq. ft. in the TC and C zoning districts, are subject to the reduced minimum land area per use afforded by this Section.
For the TC and C zoning districts, a minimum of 6,000 sq. ft. would be placed under the column heading "Minimum Total Lot or Land Area Per Use" and a blank space would be placed under the column heading "Minimum Average Lot Area Per Dwelling Unit." Additionally, the provisions for "Any other District" would be stricken from section 157.041E.3.
Copies of the specific amendments are available from the Planning and Land Development Office located at 203 South 4th Street, Room 210, Oakland, MD 21550. The Board welcomes any comments on these proposed amendments at the hearing or in writing before the hearing.
By order of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners.