Proposed North Carroll Farms Expansion Challenged

Residents Fear Road Hazard, Strained Water Supplies

October 02, 1991|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

HAMPSTEAD — Residents concerned that an expanded North Carroll Farms developmentwould create a road hazard, strain town water supplies and crowd schools, fired questions Monday at town, county and school officials.

Some 50 residents, who have spent recent months talking with town and county officials and Martin K. P. Hill, developer of the proposed North Carroll Farms Section 4, presented a position paper to the Planning and Zoning Commission outlining their concerns.

The extension of Farm Woods Lane to Route 30 remains a major issue. Residents fear commuters will use Farm Woods Lane to avoid congestion at Fairmount and Route 30.

"Our No. 1 community priority is the extension of Farm Woods Lane to Route 30," said resident Kris Koch.

"We do not agree with continuing this road, which will open up a new entrance onto an already-crowded highway. To the best of our knowledge, there are no plans to control this intersection with a trafficsignal."

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission also had expressed concerns about safety at the proposed intersection.

"We would like something in writing -- an agreement between the state highway administration and the developer -- stating that if the need arises, a traffic signal will be placed at that intersection and done so in a reasonable time frame," said Arthur Moler, chairman of the commission.

If approved, the proposed development, slated for construction beginning in fall 1992, would place 148 single-family dwellings and 72 town houses on a 62-acre tract beside the existing North Carroll Farms community.

Residents also are concerned the development would adversely affect the town's water supply.

"The water situationis something that is not resolved," said Koch. "Water is a finite resource. And, based on the last decade of water moratoriums, it is obvious that the water supply is taxed."

County hydrogeologist Tom Devilbliss said developers are required to provide additional water.

"The town Planning and Zoning Commission requires developers to provide (an) additional water supply that will equal or exceed the demandthe development will put on the town," said Devilbliss.

"They do this by drilling a well on-site or pay a fee per unit enabling the town to find water," he said. "Hampstead is one of three towns in the county that makes this a requirement before a plan will be approved."

Vernon Smith, director of facilities and support services for the county Board of Education, told residents that even without the development, portable classrooms will be used at North Carroll Middle School as early as next year.

"If current trends continue, the middle school will be at capacity next year and the high school (North Carroll) will be at capacity in 1998," he said.

"The addition of North Carroll Farms will impact the new Spring Garden Elementary. We will see relocatable classrooms on the campus."

Moler told the residentsthat their concerns about North Carroll Farms would be considered.

"We have these same questions asked by residents in other developments, such as Small Crossings and Roberts Field," he said. "I just don't see anything that is unique to this development."

Denise Justus, a North Carroll Farms resident, said, "We think it (unplanned growth) has to stop, and we want it to stop with us.

"We will keep coming to meetings, and we will keep pushing. Maybe if we push hard enough, something will happen."

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