The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday voted to withdraw from further consideration controversial proposed zoning changes placing restrictions on homeless shelters.
"It was not worthy of considering," Chairman Douglas Wright said after the meeting. "We were headed in the wrong direction."
The proposed amendments would have required shelters to be open 24 hours a day and to provide constant supervision.
Officials of REACH, which runs a shelter that is open at night during the winter months, have said they do not have the money, personnel or resources to abide by the proposals should they be adopted.
Nobody from REACH - Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless - was at the meeting.
Community Action Council Executive Director David Jordan, who was present, said he was pleased by the planning commission's action. At a minimum, the vote will provide time for REACH and city officials to meet and discuss the matter, he said.