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Zoning change is subject of Dec. 6 meeting

November 30, 2004|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled on Dec. 6 to make a recommendation on whether the County Commissioners should approve or reject a zoning text amendment that would open the door to housing and retail businesses at Friendship Technology Park.

The Planning Commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 80 W. Baltimore St.

The John Akridge Development Co. of Washington, D.C., applied for the text amendment.

The company is asking that a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning overlay designation be allowed on the Office, Research and Technology zoning district, which is what Friendship Technology Park is zoned.

Akridge Development is under contract to purchase 340 acres in the business park on the south side of Interstate 70.

The company plans to build housing units, offices, retail businesses and a hotel on the land.

The PUD designation would allow the type of mixed-use development Akridge Development has proposed.

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The commissioners created the Office, Research and Technology zoning district in October 2002 and then voted to apply the zone to 452 acres in Friendship Technology Park. The land had been zoned planned industrial and agricultural districts.

The Office, Research and Technology district allows medical and corporate offices, and technology, research and development-based businesses and institutions.

Facilities allowed in the zone include educational institutions, computer and data processing services, hospitals, laboratories and government buildings.

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