HAMPSTEAD — North Carroll Farms residents told the Town Council they are not satisfied with its response to their concerns over adverse effects a proposed neighboring development could have on traffic and water.
"I am not quite satisfied with the town's response to our concerns regarding the traffic study," said Larry Hentz, one of some 20 North Carroll Farms residents at Monday night's council meeting. "I would reallylike to discuss this study with the consultant."
Hentz said the study, conducted for the developer last spring by The Traffic Group in Towson, made unreasonable assumptions.
Hentz was one of about 50 residents who appeared last month before the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission and representatives from the county and school board to voice concerns over the proposed North Carroll Farms Section Four.
Manchester developer Martin K. P. Hill, owner of Woodhaven Building and Development Inc. and Masonry Contractors Inc., plans to construct 72 town houses and 148 single-family dwellings on 62 acres adjacent to the existing North Carroll Farms communityof 97 single-family homes off Route 30 and Fairmount Road.
"The traffic study assumed that all residents in Section Four and 90 percent of the existing North Carroll Farms residents would use the new intersection at Route 30. A reasonable person knows that it will be verydifficult to enter Route 30 in the morning and evening with 1,400 cars per hour traveling on Route 30," Hentz said.
Hentz said he feared this would triple traffic through the North Carroll Farms development, as commuters would double back onto Farm Woods Lane as part of an alternative route to get to Route 30.
"Our concern as a community is for the 70 children and four day-cares (centers) which are in this development," he said.
Other residents complained about the addition of a grade crossing that would direct traffic over the proposedFarm Woods Lane and Route 30 intersection.
"Hampstead already hasthe three most dangerous railroad crossings in the state," said Bruce Magladry, a North Carroll Farms resident.
"We are asking membersof the Town Council to write railroad officials at CSX and ask them to turn down approval for the grade crossing at Farm Woods Lane," he said.
Council members Jackie Hyatt, Gary Bauer and Lewis O. KeyserJr. said they would not give an opinion on the traffic and railroad issues until they had time to study the traffic report further and visit the site of the proposed crossing.
Denise Justus said residents worried about the impact on the water supply of adding more than 200 families to the community.
Reading from a prepared report, Justus said that a study conducted in 1988 by R. E. Wright Associates, a Westminster earth-resource consulting firm, showed nitrate-nitrogen levels above Environmental Protection Agency standards.
"Elevated nitrate levels have been known to cause death in infants, to further elevate nitrate levels in cow's milk, and can be transferred from the mother to an infant when breast-feeding," she said.
Justus said thecouncil should request a water and soil test before granting approval for North Carroll Farms Section Four.