SYKESVILLE — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a request Monday night to annex about 34.5 acres of property at the west end of Oklahoma Road into the town.
The request, filed by Brian and Deborah Harman in February, asked for the annexation so the property ownerscould receive municipal services, including police protection, refuse pickup and snow removal.
Harman had owned 18 acres at 423 Oklahoma Road, but has purchasedanother 11 acres. He plans to subdivide the property into three-acrelots for single-family homes.
Three other couples who own Oklahoma Road property also requested annexation.
Additionally, Charles F. Rheubottom Jr., one of the property owners, asked for a zoning change from conservation, which allows one house per three acres, to R-10,000 to allow him to build two more homes on 2.5 acres he owns.
The R-10,000 designation allows for quarter-acre lots, but Town ManagerJames L. Schumacher noted that R-20,000, allowing half-acre lots, would be sufficient for three homes.
"That's fine with me," Rheubottom told the commission. "I'll go along with whatever you say."
Rheubottom said that two houses were on the property before it was zonedfor conservation and that he has torn one house down.
Engineeringconcept plans of the property, which extends to the railroad tracks,also allows for a paved road and rights of way for all property owners.
Schumacher said once the commission approves the annexation, it must go to the Town Council for approval and public hearing, then to the county for filing.
In other action at the meeting:
* The commission approved amending a Program Open Space application for a tot lot from Burkett Park to Jennifer Way.
"We have $7,000 from POSand the residents will match it, so we should be able to put in a real nice little tot lot there and fence it in," Schumacher said.
The commission also approved signs and road painting as a warning to motorists that children are playing in the Jennifer Way area, as a protection for residents.
* Slade S. McCalip, county transportation planner, gave the commission a quick overview of what it needs to do when requesting future traffic studies.
He said once the county's capital improvements budget is passed, engineering studies should get under way in July for the Obrecht Road realignment.
* Scott Fisher,county planner for Sykesville, announced he will no longer be the town's planner as of next month.
* Schumacher asked the commission if it wanted to request $1,000 from the town for operating purposes, as it normally does. The commission voted to ask for the money.
* Schumacher shared with the commission an updated report of the Board of Education Ten Year Facilities Master Plan, which has delayed a proposed Sykesville-area middle school to 1995.