Town Braces For Hearing

September 16, 1990

MOUNT AIRY - A large and vocal group of residents is expected tomorrow when the Town Council hears public comment on the controversial Western annexation request.

At two previous meetings on the 100-acre annexation proposal, more than 50 residents packed Town Hall and angrily voiced their objections to the proposal, saying the development planned for the tract would negatively impact their New Estates and Westridge neighborhoods.

Anticipating a sizable turnout for tomorrow's meeting, the council scheduled the hearing at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co.'s Activity Building, at 1008 Twin Arch Road, near the intersection with Route 27. The hearing on the Western annexation is set for 8 p.m.

In June, the Planning Commission voted against the annexation request, which includes 81 acres Frall Developers wants to use for a town house and condominium project. The rest of the parcel consists of 13 acres owned by Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. and seven acres owned by JCA Investments.

The commission voted against the request mainly because it wasn't targeted for annexation in the town's 1980 master plan, a 10-year blueprint for growth.

The council will only hear testimony tomorrow. A vote on the request will come later at a regular council meeting. A hearing on the 32-acre Northern annexation, which the planning commission voted to approve, is set for 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1990

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