Two proposals involving two Howard County developers were acted upon Tuesday by the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission:
* The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to accept a petition to annex 110 acres into Union Bridge, a parcel that could more than double the West Carroll town's population if annexed and fully developed.
The Union Bridge Town Council will have a public hearing at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road, to discuss the annexation petition submitted by G. Jackson Phillips.
The land is to the northeast of town, on the north side of Route 75 and east of Union Bridge Road.
The project's developer, Stanford Management of Howard County, has not submitted formal concept plans yet, said Steve Horn, Carroll County planner. The development could include as many as 500 dwelling units or more, he said.
Such a development could add more than 1,000 residents to the town, which has a population of 962.
Town residents objected to the annexation at several hearings this year on the county's comprehensive rezoning plan for Union Bridge, which has been approved by the Carroll County Commissioners. They said they are concerned a large development would cause increased traffic, strain services and disrupt the town's rural character.
Under the revised plan, 100 acres of the Phillips property has been zoned suburban residential and 10 acres zoned business. The commissioners aren't required to approve the annexation since the developer isn't requesting a change in zoning, said Horn.
Horn said the town's waste water treatment plant now is operating at only 50 percent of capacity. A water well has been drilled on the Phillips property to service future development, he said.
The developer must annex into town to be permitted to build at higher densities and for less costly water and sewer service, said Horn.
* The commission rejected the proposed subdivision of a farm bordering Frederick County near Marston because it does not meet county standards for residential development in agricultural areas.
The developer, Reinhardt Enterprises Inc. of Ellicott City, proposed dividing the 122-acre property -- of which 105 acres is in Carroll -- into five parcels ranging in size from 10 to 32 acres for residences.
Under county agricultural district zoning laws, property owner Robert E.
Reinhardt Sr. is entitled to create seven lots.
The county allows one residential lot for every 20 acres in the agricultural district.
The subdivision plan presented "is not consistent with the Carroll County Master Plan and the goals and objectives" for the county, the commission said in a report. The plan, which shows large-lot residences scattered across the Sam's Creek Road property, would detract from the land's agricultural value, the commission said.