Board Rescinds Permit For West River Project

November 19, 1991

The county Board of Appeals yesterday rescinded a grading permit issued to a Florida developer who wants to build on 22 acres near Shady Side.

BMCN Joint Ventures Inc., a group of four corporations that owns the West River property, received a permit from the county last month to begin building roads and laying sewer lines for 96 homes in the Back Bay Beach development.

However, neighboring residents and environmentalists challenged the permit, saying the site contains non-tidal wetlands protected by the county's 1988 Chesapeake Bay Critical Area law. Opponents charged the county has improperly deferred to the Army Corps of Engineers on wetland issues rather than enforcing the county statues.

"This sends a message, I think, that the county should scrutinize these applications much more closely in the future," said Thomas J. Wohlgemuth, alawyer for the residents.

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