HAMPSTEAD — A 95-home development that received final approval from the Planningand Zoning Commission Monday night will send more cars onto an already congested Route 30, the State Highway Administration said.
But the state told the town in a letter that because Shiloh Run wouldn't empty directly onto any state highways, it's up to the town to say yes or no to the developer.
On Monday, the town said yes.
"This is the United States of America," Commission Chairman and Councilman Arthur C. Moler said. "Everybody has a right to buy and own a home. If the developer wants to spend the money, then people should have a right to buy."
Moler said the impact on Route 30 wasn't strong enough for the commission to deny the project.
Moreover, Shiloh Run is small, compared with two larger subdivisions before the commission, he said. The nearby Widerman development is slated for 308 homes, and 220 are set for the fourth section of North Carroll Farms on the other side of Route 30.
Several residents of the existing North Carroll Farms have opposed the development of additional homes there, and county residents who live near the proposed Widerman development have opposed that project.
Shiloh Run has been in and out of the Planning and Zoning Commission's meetings since 1990. The development company is Lancelotta-Hunt Partnership of Ellicott City in Howard County.
The delay for final approval was caused by a glitch requiring redesign, said project manager Thomas Matkin of BPR Inc., an engineering firm in Westminster.
Matkin said the project first had 96 homes, but had to use one lot to create a storm-water management area.
Developers initially received a waiver in 1990 to avoid having to provide the management area, Matkin said. But in 1991, the waiver was rescinded, he said, and a redesign was required. The waiver had been granted when storm-water management was handled by the county Department of Public Works.
By August 1991, the county had created a separate Bureau of Storm Water Management. It found Shiloh Run's waiver to be based on incorrect information about the rate at which rain water ran off the surface of the property.
"We considered disputing it, and we felt we could have won the dispute there," Matkin said.
But Lancelotta-Hunt believed that it would take less time to accommodate the storm water bureau's request than to fight the decision, Matkin said.
The development will be on 34 acres, with 10 acres of open space surrounding Piney Run, which goes through the property. Lots will be about 75 by 105 feet, Matkin said, and the homes will probably be moderately priced.
Construction is not due to start until the developers obtain permits, he said.