Planning expert views Mount Airy at crossroads SOUTHWEST Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

November 10, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Development and annexation are the big issues Clark Wagner sees facing the town he's called home for the past seven years.

So, the planner for the town of Gaithersburg offered to lend his expertise to the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission.

"Mount Airy is at a pivotal point in terms of growth," said Mr. Wagner, who was approved as a commission member last week. "We have big decisions to make about how vacant lots will be developed and what kind of housing mix we will have."

Mr. Wagner also said he wanted to get more involved in town affairs.

"I saw this as an opportunity to help the community in which I live," he said.

A member of Mount Airy's Board of Zoning Appeals for about three years, Mr. Wagner said he moved from Rockville with his wife, Carol Ann, in 1985 because the area's housing costs were lower than they are in Montgomery County.

The couple also appreciated the town's rural atmosphere, something he wants to see preserved, he said.

"I wouldn't want to see it grow too rapidly," said Mr. Wagner, 31. "I don't want too much housing density." But he said the town does need to improve its industrial base.

"Most of the people work outside the town," Mr. Wagner said. "We need a little more of a job base, but not to the point that it creates over-development."

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