HAMPSTEAD — The Town Council pushed city limits southward Monday, voting unanimously to annex 45 acres of industrially zoned land along Route 30.
The vote came after a public hearing in which one person questioned the move. Council members, however, expressed no reservations.
Developer Charles Harwood of Upperco had sought the annexation. He plans to build an industrial park after he buys 36 of the 45 acres from current owner Helen Hoffman.
Three remaining lots on the newly annexed land are owned by Maurice Hampshire, Charles Bosley of Bosley Construction Co. and Grove Brothers Inc. construction. All partiessigned the petition to be annexed.
According to state law, the annexation becomes final May 31, the 46th day after the vote by the council.
The only questions or opposition to the annexation came fromCharlotte Hann Garmer, who lives just outside of town on Fairmount Road.
"This sure is easy, isn't it?" Garmer said of the ease with which the annexation passed. "It's cut and dried."
Before the council voted, Town Manager John A. Riley read letters from the County Commissioners, and state and county planning offices. None expressed anyopposition to the annexation.
Garmer said she is concerned about additional traffic on Route 30 if the industrial park brings with it more jobs. She had asked the town to examine the impact the development would have on traffic, before it annexed the land.
Council members have said a traffic study can't be done until more specific uses are proposed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
"The issue is not whether it will be developed but who has control over it," said Councilman C. Clinton Becker, who is running unopposed for mayor.
If the council annexes the land, it would benefit from the increased tax base, as well as control the development, he said before the vote.
"But I trust the county's judgment," Garmer said.
Garmer said developers want their land to be annexed so they can use public waterand sewers, and she said she was concerned over added strain on suchservices.
County planner Scott Fischer, who works with the town on growth issues, said the council will be able to limit the development of the industrial park to businesses that use little water.
Harwood, who attended the hearing, said any developer wanting to build in Hampstead ought to expect to plan for low water usage because of the town's history of shortages.
"Whatever anybody does in Hampsteadcan't be large water usage," he said.
He said he has no firm offers from businesses but believes the area will attract industries thatare put off by the expense of lots in the Owings Mills area.
Harwood said the park might attract manufacturing, assembly, warehouse and other businesses that don't use much water.
The annexation firstcame up in February, when the council voted to consider it. Riley advertised the intent to annex and the public hearing in newspapers four times during March.