Oakmont Golf Course Awaits Final Planning Approval

January 30, 1991|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff writer

HAMPSTEAD — The developers of the Oakmont golf course to be built here this yearhave some conditions to meet before the Planning and Zoning Commission's final approval takes effect.

One condition depends on an awaited report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how the course would affect wetlands.

Another variable is a possible modification of the planned Hampstead bypass to Route 30, which could affect the location of the entrance road.

The golf course will be public, although some of the maximum 100 memberships will be reserved for residents of the 89-home luxury development planned next to the course, said Leland Snyder of Oakmont Green, the corporation planning on purchasing, building and managing the course.

The 18-hole, par-72 championship course, would be6,400 yards long and take up 152 acres. Snyder said he hopes to start construction in March and finish the course by June, 1992.

Oakmont Green is negotiating to buy the 152 acres for the golf course while Oak Investment Co. of Timonium, Baltimore County, is planning the development that will surround the course with homes worth $300,000 ormore.

Snyder said he is concerned the housing development won't be able to build its main road to provide access to the golf course byJune.

He asked the Planning and Zoning Commission whether he could use the course's frontage on Greenmount Church Road, but that road needs to be improved, said Anne Poissant, a town plan reviewer for the county.

The commission members told Snyder he would have to workout any arrangements with Oak Investment Co. regarding when the roadwould be finished or improving Greenmount Church Road.

The commission has given only preliminary approval to Oak Investment Co., but the development is expected to go through, said Clint Becker of the commission.

Snyder, of Glen Rock, Pa., owns Oakmont Green with his three brothers and a brother-in-law, all of Pennsylvania. The family also is affiliated with Hickory Heights Golf Course in Spring Grove, York County, Pa.

Although the housing development has only preliminary approval, Snyder said his group will go ahead with the golf course even if no houses are built, because they feel the Baltimore areahas a shortage of golf courses.

"We're planning on building a golf course no matter what," he said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night gave final approval to the golf course, subject to the conditions about wetlands, and the resolution of several concerns raised by Anthony Mignon of the Carroll County Bureau of Development Review.

Mignon recommended the town request plans showing the limits of grading on the course, a drainage area and more information about where entrances will be.

The bypass move could delay the golf course if it delays the housing development.

The state is considering moving the bypass from Cape Horn Road to Brodbeck Road. The move, still not final, would be to avoid the bypass going through land the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated for clean-up of hazardous materials from a dry-cleaning business, said Scott Fischer of the Carroll County Department of Planning.

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