The Easton town council will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed zoning text amendment that would allow home improvement centers to exceed 65,000 square feet.
That size limit for major retail uses does not include “retail stores within or adjacent to shopping centers which were approved prior (to) August 25, 2004, including projects which involve the expansion of individual stores within an existing shopping center; or the redevelopment of an existing shopping center; or the expansion of an existing center onto an abutting site or an adjacent site; or the construction of a new retail store on a site adjacent to an existing shopping center.”
Ordinance No. 756 would add “home improvement centers” as a use that is not subject to the size limit.
The Easton Planning and Zoning Commission considered the proposed text amendment at its November meeting and recommended the town council deny the request.
The zoning text amendment, sought by the Gannon Family Limited Partnership, has prompted speculation that Home Depot is again interested in building a store in Easton.
A public hearing on Ordinance 756 is set for 5:35 p.m. during the council’s regular town meeting tonight.
The Easton Town Council meeting may be viewed live online at https://www.facebook.com/midshorecommunitytv. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Easton Cable subscribers may view the meeting on Channel 98.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks must be worn at all times in the council chambers unless addressing the council and there is limited seating to ensure proper social distancing.
During the town’s Jan. 4 meeting, Easton Town Council President Megan Cook noted the limited seating available in the council chambers and said the council would be provided with public comments made on the video of the meeting and would leave the written record open until Friday.
If you wish to make public comments during the meeting, use the chat function on the livestream; leave a recorded message by calling 410-822-2526 and choosing option 9; or send an email to Questions@EastonMD.gov
The text of Ordinance 756 may be read below. Use the arrows at top left to move through the pages.DraftOrd756