W. County Projects In Appeals

July Hearings Planned For Dump, 722 Homes

April 08, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

The fate of two West County projects remains uncertain, as opponentsof a 722-home planned unit development in Gambrills and proponents of a 480-acre rubble landfill in Odenton are preparing to appeal county rulings.

On March 4, an administrative hearing officer gave permission to a Glen Burnie developer, in conjunction with the Halle Cos.and one other developer, to build 722 homes in Gambrills. The development, called Crofton Farms, would be located off Route 3 opposite Waugh Chapel Road. Community residents opposed to the development filedan appeal Tuesday.

On March 18, another hearing officer denied a request by a SilverSpring-based developer to build a rubble landfill off Patuxent Road.The Halle Cos. filed its appeal two weeks ago.

Both appeals will be heard in July before a seven-member board appointed by the County Council.

In denying Halle's request for a special exception to allow the landfill, Hearing Officer Thomas Ross cited a road system inadequate to handle the increased truck traffic. He said that the company hadn't addressed safety concerns brought up by neighborhood residents and that the landfill was incompatible with nearby communities.

The landfill was proposed for 220 acres within a 480-acre parcel of land. Current zoning allows rubble landfills only by special exception.

Residents of neighboring Wilson Town and Woodwardville complained that their communities were being run over by developers who showed little concern.

In its appeal, Halle said the land had been mined in the past and was never reclaimed.

"The site is ideally suitedfor the proposed special exception use as a rubble landfill," the appeal says.

Halle officials could not be reached for comment.

Inthe Gambrills case, Paul and Maureen McHugh and Thomas and Dorothy Watts filed appeals. They are opposed to a ruling by Hearing Officer Roger Perkins allowing Ernest J. Litty to build town houses, apartments and single-family homes on 221 acres.

They argue that developingthe land will destroy wildlife and the scenic beauty of the property. The residents say developers should not be allowed to build a planned unit development, which allows high-density zoning, and instead should be required to adhere to regulations enacted in 1989 during the county's comprehensiverezoning.

The three developers say that theycould build just as many homes under current zoning restrictions butthat the project would be haphazard because they would not be working together.

The residents argue that a high-density PUD will be incompatible with neighboring homes.

In their appeal, the Watts sayPerkins "misapplied the requirements of the Anne Arundel County Code" in deciding the case.

Their attorney, Frederick C. Sussman, refused to comment Friday.

"Those are particular legal theories that I do not want to discuss right now," he said.

The hearing on the Gambrills development has been scheduled for July 17 and 18.

The landfill hearing has been scheduled for July 3.

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