HAMPSTEAD — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan Monday for anew industrial park off Route 30, while raising concerns about a "natural" buffer to hide the park from view of residents of the nearby Robert's Field development.
The developer, Charles C. Harwood of Pembroke Development in Owings Mills, Baltimore County, must present a more detailed plan before the project can go forward. No date has been set for Harwood to submit a preliminary plan to the commission.
The buffer could be either trees or a hill, said Councilman Arthur C. Moler, the commission chairman.
"We need to talk some more with them about the area between the development -- Robert's Field -- and the industrial park," said Moler.
"There's a buffer in there," he said. "The question is, 'what type of buffer?' We'll get into thatwhen he (the developer) gets back in with the preliminary plan."
The industrial park would be called Trenton Business Center. No industries have bought lots yet, Harwood said.
As each buyer comes along, the Planning and Zoning Commission must approve the type of business that goes in, along with site plans and other details, Harwood said.
"At this stage, there's very little anyone could object to," said Harwood, who lives in Upperco. "There's a whole other layer of development that goes on where the Planning and Zoning Commission (must review proposals).
"All I'm going to build at this time are the roads and utilities and things above ground."
Harwood is the contract buyer of 36 of 45 acres annexed by the town last month.
The 36 acres, being sold to Harwood by Helen Hoffman of Hampstead, adjoin nine acres of residential and business property along Route 30, across from the Black & Decker U.S. plant. All 45 acres are zoned for industrial uses.
Harwood will prepare the industrial park for developmentby doing some grading and landscaping, and putting in public water and sewer lines, storm drains, storm water ponds and utility lines.
He then will sell individual lots to other developers or directly tobusinesses. He said he may keep some of the lots to develop himself.
Harwood said he doesn't know what kinds of businesses will locatethere, but said the town's limited water supply would preclude industries that produce food or launder clothes and linens, for example.
Harwood said the likely use of the land would be for offices and warehouses, in which water use for employee restrooms and drinking fountains would be minimal.
Harwood said the industrial park would notcause additional traffic, since it would have no through roads to tempt motorists looking for a shortcut. The development will, however, have an access road that connects to Boxwood Drive. That entrance will have a locked gate that could be opened only by emergency vehicles,Harwood said.
Trenton is Harwood's first project in Carroll County. He has developed commercial and industrial projects in the Owings Mills area.
He said an industrial park in Carroll County would attract businesses that don't want to pay the high prices for inferior lots in Owings Mills.
Also, Harwood said, Carroll has a large potential work force of people who commute to Baltimore and could be recruited by businesses relocating to or starting up in Trenton.