A bill introduced Tuesday could alter the business landscape in Frederick County’s mixed-use zones, if ultimately adopted.
Frederick County Council President Bud Otis introduced a proposal that would allow wholesaling, warehouse and distribution in the county’s mixed-use areas. The bill was designed with Jefferson Tech Park in mind.
“I just feel we have all this space over there that’s for a very limited use,” he said after the council meeting.
He added that there is less demand for office space now that more people work from home or work out of smaller spaces.
The developer of the park was arranging to bring in several distribution-based jobs, according to Otis and requested a change to the zoning to allow that to happen.
When asked if he thought warehouse and distribution activities might cause concerns among residential neighbors, Otis responded that he didn’t think there would be a problem because the residential and commercial area were not too close together and the business activities would take place indoors.
Public comment and a vote on the bill will be held at a future date.
Myersville annex approved
The council unanimously approved the annexation of a small parcel of land into Myersville and variance in zoning, opening the way for a development of up to five lots.
The town on Oct. 10 moved to add 4 acres to its limits at the request of David Ramsey, who owns about half of the land to be annexed along Easterday Road.
Because the area is zoned to have no more than 3.6 dwellings per acre, the county had to vote to approve a denser development.
The approval gives the developer five years to move forward on the project.