Housing study unveiledTo improve the availability of...

Carroll capsule

May 13, 1992

SYKESVILLE — Housing study unveiled

To improve the availability of affordable housing in Carroll, a study conducted by a Baltimore firm has recommended that the county zone more land for multifamily residential development in areas surrounding towns.

Conducted by Legg Mason Realty Group Inc., the study summarized Carroll's housing growth during the decade from 1970 to 1980, current housing efforts and unmet housing needs, such as affordable housing.

Overall, new housing construction during that decade improved the quality of the county's housing units; housing prices and rents have increased, while vacancy levels have declined; and the housing supply has not kept pace with household growth, said Jerry L. Doctrow, vice president of research services.

To provide more affordable housing, the study recommended providing incentives for the construction of less expensive units by the private sector and linking county impact and hook-up fees the size of homes to lessen the impact on less costly homes.

The study also recommended that the county make efforts to maintain a mix of housing, with about 25 percent of the county's housing stock as rental units. That percentage has dropped slightly during the past decade.

"We're not trying to change the face of Carroll County," Doctrow said. "We're recommending rental units keep pace with new homes."

He said about 1 percent of the county's housing stock was

substandard.

Officials return visit

SYKESVILLE -- Last fall, Boonsboro, Washington County, officials toured this south Carroll town to learn about its recycling and other programs.

On Saturday, a Sykesville contingent will return the visit to Boonsboro to see how that town operates similar programs.

"They have the same problems we have," Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. said. "Boonsboro is growing and has big developments hitting them, so they're interested in our Small Town Planning Guidelines."

Sykesville officials also will be looking at Boonboro's recycling plan, how it is handling growth, downtown parking and other problems, police protection and historical preservation, Helt said.

Members of the Town Council, Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission are expected to go to Boonsboro.

"It's amazing what you can pick up -- the fruits of reaching out in that context," Helt said.

Councilwoman elected

SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council elected Julie A. Kaus Monday night to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Councilman Wiley Purkey two weeks ago.

Kaus, 34, has been a town resident since November 1990. She is married and has two daughters. She has a master's degree in social work and is a social services consultant for the Brethren Home in New Oxford, Pa.

She says she is a strong believer in community service, is active in St. Joseph's Church and is an associate member of the town's Historic District Preservation Commission.

Kaus will be sworn in May 26 to fill Purkey's unexpired term, which ends in May 1993.

Commissioners visit

SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- Commissioners Donald Dell and Elmer Lippy took a town tour and had dinner at Baldwin's Restaurant before sitting in on part of Monday night's Town Council meeting.

Town officials told of the success of the town's recycling center and asked the commissioners if they knew of any funding programs for the proposed new police facility.

At the Town Council meeting:

* The ordinance for the Auxiliary Police Force was passed unanimously. Police Chief Wallace Mitchell is seeking additional

volunteers for this group. Information: 795-0757.

* The Planning Commission's Small Town Planning Guidelines were introduced. The council will have a public hearing in June before adding the guidelines to the zoning ordinance.

* A motion was passed to erect fencing around sediment ponds in the subdivisions to protect children who play near them.

* Community Development Block Grant programs were discussed for this year, including renovation of the black schoolhouse, Phase II of the Main Street parking lot and proposed riverfront park.

Homeless grant awarded

Carroll will be one of four Maryland jurisdictions to participate in a three-year project aimed at helping homeless families in transitional housing become self-sufficient by securing and maintaining permanent housing.

The county has received a $97,946 grant from the state, through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, to hire housing counselors and case managers to assist homeless families in attaining permanent housing.

The program will be administered through Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. and is expected to be launched in September.

The county runs five shelters that can accommodate about 60 people. A recent housing study estimated that between 25 to 50 people are homeless and do not take up residence in shelters.

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