SYKESVILLE — The council has unanimously approved a resolution annexing 37.9 acres of property on Oklahoma Road at the southwest end of town.
Knownas the Harman-Rheubottom-Boyle property, the land was first petitioned last February for annexation.
The four couples involved sought the annexation to receive town services, including police protection, refuse pickup and snow removal.
At Monday night's public hearing, Town Manager James L. Schumacher said the homeowners all met the requirements and had turned in approved plat maps.
The parcels are owned by Brian and Deborah Harman,Charles F. and Evelyn J. Rheubottom, Thomas L. and Rhonda B. Rheubottom and Michael and Pamela Boyle.
All but 2.57 acres of the land, belonging to Charles and Evelyn Rheubottom, will be zoned conservation, which requires 3-acre lots for development. The Rheubottom parcel,by request, has been zoned R-20,000 (two houses per acre).
"At the present time, I don't have any specific plans (to develop the property)," said Charles Rheubottom, the only petitioner at the hearing. "I'm just going in with Mr. Harman so he can be annexed."
Recommendations concerning the annexation were given from the state planning commission and county planner Helen M. Spinelli-Taillie.
"State planning has requested that the developer require 100-foot buffers to protect the river," Schumacher said, reading a letter from the state agency.
The property extends from Oklahoma Road to the railroad tracks next to the Patapsco River.
Spinelli-Taillie said the Board of County Commissioners suggested the town annex additional properties on Norris Road adjacent to the Harman-Rheubottom-Boyle land.
"Thosefive properties are half in town and half in the county," she said. "You'd like your town line not to be jagged but consistent, because it gets complicated drawing boundaries."
Spinelli-Taillie said the Norris Road properties had been on both town and county land for someyears. With the Oklahoma Avenue annexation, a portion of Norris Roadwill remain county land but be surrounded by town property.
Schumacher said the other Norris Road property owners will receive letterswith a proposed petition for annexation. If they agree to be annexed, a public hearing would be advertised.
The council then voted, 5-0, to annex the Harman-Rheubottom-Boyle property. Councilman William R. Hall Jr. was absent from the meeting because he had to work.
The council also unanimously passed an amended version of the state's Flood Plain Ordinance, which attempts to prevent "unwise development in areas subject to flooding."
With plans to develop a parcel of property along the Patapsco River into a park project, the town asked for, and received, a variance for building in a flood-plain area.