Communities Vote To Fight Proposed Odenton Landfill

Halle Expects Opposition At Today's Appeal

April 29, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A developer who wants to build a rubble landfill in the Forks of thePatuxent area of Odenton will face opposition from at least three communities when the case goes before a county appeals board this afternoon.

Associations representing Crofton, Odenton and the Forks of Patuxent have voted to oppose the landfill, proposed for 480 acres along Patuxent Road, just west of Bragers Road. Halle Cos. are appealing a decision 14 months ago by a county hearing officer who denied theproject.

The Silver Spring-based company also is appealing a decision denying it permission to operate a sand and gravel operation on 107 acresadjacent to the landfill site.

The company proposed the landfill for 220 of the site's 480 acres. Current zoning allows rubble landfills only by special exception.

In March 1991, Thomas G. Ross, the county's administrative hearing officer, said the company's plans are not compatible with surrounding communities, mainly because road improvements proposed by Halle wouldn't be enough to handle the estimated250 trucks driving in and out every day.

At a hearing in February1991, Halle engineer Andy Chisholm said the company had agreed to all of the county's demands, including limiting truck trips, upgrading Patuxent and Conway roads, and improving the intersection of routes 3and 424.

He also said the company would not solicit or advertise for rubble from vendors outside the state but would reserve the rightto haul in rubble from Halle's own out-of-state projects.

Officials from the Halle Cos. could not be reached for comment over the pastfive days.

Buz Meyer, president of the Forks of Patuxent Civic Association, said his group voted Monday night to oppose the project for the second time because meetings with a Halle vice president, Stephen N. Fleischman, didn't satisfy board members.

He said he was confused by what changes, if any, the company is proposing in the wake of the denial.

"That's one of the things we can't get clear on," Meyer said, adding that several bus loads of concerned residents could attend the hearing today.

The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the County Council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. Additional hearings are scheduled for May 6 and June 24.

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