Waverly Woods II foe presents figures, reports
A county growth-control advocate unloaded a barrage of numbers and government documents on County Council members yesterday in a final attempt to derail the proposed 682-acre Waverly Woods II project in rural Marriottsville and Woodstock.
Susan Gray, a leader of Howard Countians for Responsible Growth, presented copies of memos, letters and reports from county and regional authorities and showed tables from planning studies on an overhead projector.
The voluminous presentation was intended to show that the county planners' recommendation to rezone the rural area for a commercial, residential and golfing village is based on faulty traffic studies, among other things. She also charged that some officials' objections to rezoning were edited out of documents presented with the staff report recommending the rezoning.
Ms. Gray sought to convince council members, sitting as the Zoning Board, that there have been similar cases.
"There is a consistent pattern of misrepresentation in these zoning cases," said Ms. Gray, pointing out documents that appeared to conflict with information given in the county Department of Planning and Zoning's technical staff report on the rezoning petition.
She also sought to prove to County Council members that roads serving the project, such as Marriottsville Road and Route 99, will have to be widened at taxpayer expense to accommodate the project.
Witnesses for the project's developer, Donald R. Reuwer Jr., have testified that the road improvements would be necessary with or without the package of zoning changes needed for the project.
Yesterday was to have been the last day of the Waverly hearing, but Ms. Gray's 2 1/2 hours of testimony pushed closing arguments to a 15th day.
The hearing, and Ms. Gray's testimony, will resume at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 in the George Howard county office building in Ellicott City.
Ms. Gray said she would present documents and an audio tape of a meeting to show a pattern of false information on traffic in county planning staff reports.
Leonard Goldstein, one of the two attorneys representing the developer, repeatedly objected to introduction of the documents, saying the board could not be certain whether they were authentic.
The rezoning package would allow 1.7 million square feet of office or other commercial space on 372 acres, a village shopping center on 8.5 acres, up to 300 condominiums and apartments on 42.6 acres, up to 503 town houses on 107.6 acres and up to 215 detached houses on 69.8 acres.
Kennel club holding dog show at fairgrounds
The Chesapeake Kennel Club will hold an American Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.
The show will have competition in 131 breeds for more than 1,700 dogs.
Admission is free, but there is a $2 parking fee. Judging for breeds begins at 8:30 a.m. with group judging starting at 3:15 p.m.
Vendors and a public information booth on buying a puppy are also scheduled. For more information, call: (301) 862-3237.
* Clarksville: Hall Shop Road and Route 32: A motorist reported that someone in a black Ford Mustang threw a bottle from a window Friday at his 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck as he turned eastbound on Route 32.