Growth Has A Cost

Carroll capsule

April 22, 1992

HAMPSTEAD — While growth has led to more income and property tax revenue for thetown, two residents at Monday's council meeting pointed out some of the drawbacks of growth, such as noise from house construction and water shortages.

James Fahlfeder of Boxwood Drive asked the council to consider adopting a noise ordinance to prohibit construction crewsfrom starting up their bulldozers and other loud equipment before 7 or 7:30 a.m.

Mayor C. Clinton Becker said the town could look at procedures followed by other municipalities, but the council did not seem interested in such an ordinance.

Wayne Thomas of Trapper Court asked why the town allows so many new houses to be built when residents routinely are under outdoor-watering bans in the summers.

Council members said they require that new wells be included with new developments. Smaller developments of a few houses pay a water service fee that goestoward town wells.

Becker said the water bans are not caused by new homes; per-capita usage of water goes up in the summer, he said, when people water lawns and wash cars.

He acknowledged that development of open land reduces the amount of rainwater that can seep into the ground and recharge wells. But, he said, the town takes that factor into consideration when approving the size of developments.

ANNEXATION CONSIDERED

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

HAMPSTEAD -- A Finksburg couple is asking the town to annex 4.35 acres on Upper Beckleysville Road so that it may develop the parcel into 10 or 11 homes.

Richard andBonnie Klein are the contract purchasers of the land, now owned by Grace Zepp and Ethel Watkins.

The couple owns MRB Construction and has built homes, one or two lots at a time, throughout Baltimore County, said Richard Klein.

They are asking for county sewer service and town water. The development would include improvements to Upper Beckleysville Road, such as widening. The homes would be along a small road ending in a cul-de-sac.

The Town Council referred the matter to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which meets April 27.

DEVELOPMENTS REVIEWED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Members of the county Planning and Zoning Commission approved revisions to the plansfor a 60-unit development along Hook and Gist roads at Tuesday's session.

Diamond Hills development, originally approved in July 1990,will include 24 single-family units and 36 townhouses on the 10.6-acre site.

The commission also reviewed and approved revisions to River Downs, a 127-home subdivision planned for Lawndale Road in Finksburg. The development, owned by Gaylord Brooks Realty Co. in Baltimore, will include a golf course. Developers want to move ahead with grading for the course and needed the commission's approval before applying for a permit.

In other business, members:

* Approved two 4.2-acre lots in the Bay Meadow Heights subdivision on Silver Run ValleyRoad. The property, part of 10 Farms Development, is subject to covenant attachments.

* Reviewed perpetual water line easements for three lots of record in Cape Hill Farms in Hampstead. The easements, which would require final approval from the Health Department, would benoted on all deeds.

* Approved adjustments in the sequence of building inspections.

FOREST FEE LOWERED

Carroll's commissioners havecompleted their revisions of the county forest conservation ordinance, lowering the fee developers have to pay if they cannot comply withthe program from 88 to 50 cents per square foot.

Developments that clear 25,000 square feet of forested land will be subject to the ordinance rather than the Forest Conservation Subcommittee suggestion of 15,000 square feet and the definition of professionals qualified tocomplete conservation plans has been expanded.

The revised ordinance will allow licensed landscape architects and others with comparable education and experience to draw the plans in addition to licensedforesters.

In addition, forestation up to 5 percent of the site'sarea will be necessary.

"I think the ordinance as a total packageis a good one," said Neil Ridgely, county landscaper. "I've learned that everything in government is a compromise. Not everyone is totally happy with it, so its been a good compromise."

However, committee chairman Frank Grabowski was less pleased with the result.

"I hope the commissioners are ready to monitor the project to ensure that 50 cents is indeed enough," he said.

SEPTAGE HEARING HELD

About 60people attended a public hearing Monday on a proposed septage ordinance that would regulate the use of facilities for the disposal and pretreatment of septic waste.

Under the proposed ordinance, haulers would be charged a 9-cents-per-gallon dumping fee. The cost would be passed from haulers to owners of private septic tanks, which should be pumped at least once every three years for residences and once per year for commercial establishments.

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