Route 30 traffic will get worse, board member says New development cited as problem

December 01, 1992|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer

A member of the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Board predicted last night that traffic problems on Route 30 will continue to worsen, unabated, in the face of pending development in North Carroll.

Oden Kemp, the board member, said he thinks that the new development, coupled with the political climate in Annapolis, will combine to make Route 30 a problem in search of an elusive solution.

"Traffic on Route 30 will never get better, only worse," Mr. Kemp said at the board's monthly meeting. "We have approved many developments, some built and some yet to be built. The impact on the flow of traffic can only get worse.

"I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer would be willing to write the Maryland Secretary of Transportation about Route 30's problems," Mr. Kemp said. "I can assure you that Uncle Donald [Governor William Donald Schaefer] isn't going to do much for Carroll County and this problem [because] we voted for Bill Shepard last election."

He was speaking of William S. Shepard, the governor's Republican opponent in 1990.

Mr. Kemp said Hampstead experiences gridlock seven hours a day with backups as far as Arcadia, several miles south.

"Less than 30 percent of this traffic is local," he said. "Most of it comes from surrounding towns and Pennsylvania. I've lived here 40 years and they've been talking about a Hampstead bypass for at least that long."

He said that 70 percent of the cars that pass through Hampstead have only one person in them.

"If we had two to a car, we would cut our rate of autos through down in half."

In official action last night, the board:

* Recommended the use of common roads, septic system and wells on the conceptual plan presented by James F. Piet, director of site evaluation and development for Masonry Contractors Inc., developers of North Carroll Farms section 5.

The board is in the initial stages of considering the plan for the 30-acre site, where Masonry Contractors wants to build 56 homes on half-acre to acre lots.

"Obviously, this is a very preliminary plan," said Mr. Piet. "We still have soil and percolation tests to complete."

* Unanimously approved Ordinance 229, which eliminates the residency requirement for Hampstead's zoning administrator in the town's Zoning Code.

* Listened to Scott Fischer, of the Carroll County Department of Planning, briefly discuss the Planning Act of 1992, which requires towns to consider environmental issues and potential impact on Chesapeake Bay on development projects that use federal or state funding.

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