It would be easier to redevelop large, historic manufacturing sites in
Under the bill, tracts of land 40 acres or larger that are zoned for heavy manufacturing and include buildings on the
The legislation, introduced by Councilwoman
A group financed by firms tied to developers and shopping center owners is promoting the referendum effort, which would overturn all the council's zoning decisions made this year in Bevins' and Council Chairwoman
Bevins, a Middle River Democrat, said abandoned manufacturing properties have become "blights on the community." The county has not been able to draw modern manufacturers to some sites, and historic designations can make it difficult for developers to reinvent them, she said.
"It's just a constant reminder of the jobs that were lost in the area," she said before the council meeting, adding that developers would still have to follow all current county regulations for mixed-use projects.
"The voters haven't decided," Oliver said.
He was the only council member to oppose retail zoning for the former Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills this year. That site, where a developer plans a shopping enter anchored by a