Plans for 336 homes in Elkridge linked to a public golf course may be in jeopardy because the developer and county cannot agree on a price for the course.
"The bottom line is protecting the county in itsliability," said Beverly M. Wilhide, administrative assistant to County Executive Charles I. Ecker.
The county wants Brantly Development Corp., the developer of Centre 9500 near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 100, to build a golf course that will be self-supporting after the county buys it, she said.
"I would say that we're close to making a decision," said Wilhide of the negotiations, which have been going on since before Ecker was elected in November 1990. "The decision would be whether to go or not go."
Neither John Liparini, president of Brantly Development, nor his partner, Hugh F. Cole Jr., could be reached to comment. But Donald J. Dunn, president of the Howard County Golfers Association, said Liparini has told the association that Brantly and the county are several million dollars apart in their offers so far.
Thetwo prices were not available, but Dunn said courses can cost $3.5 million to build. A regulation course being planned by the Columbia Association in Dorsey's Search village is expected to cost about $5.5 million.
"If they deleted the golf course, they'd have to start allover again with a new submission and they'd have to go back to the Zoning Board," said Myna Hilsenrath, county chief of community planning and land development.
The golf course is mandated by the site-plan zoning Brantly Development obtained May 1990, which indicates specific uses for rezoned land. The land was zoned for half-acre residential lots and changed to a mix of clustered residential and planned employment center.
Two weeks ago, the developer submitted a sketch plan, which delineates lots, for the residential portion of Centre 9500, at Montgomery and Meadowridge roads just north of the planned Route 100 and just west of I-95. The 180-acre plan includes 133 single-family detached houses and 203 town houses. Another 165 acres are to bedeveloped as an employment center with about 1 million square feet of office space.
A sketch plan was first submitted in April 1991, but county planners asked Brantly to resubmit it because of a variety of technical problems. The revised plan was submitted Feb. 24 and will be discussed by planners from various county departments in the Subdivision Review Committee on Thursday.
While the residential property is expected to be developed during the next several years, the office space would be developed later and expected to coincide with theopening of Route 100. The Elkridge segment of the highway, which currently lacks state funding, is not expected to be built for at least five years.