Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville


March 18, 1993

Opponents of town houses near Cape St. Claire appeal

Opponents of a plan to build 153 town houses near Cape St. Claire filed an appeal yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in an attempt to block the development.

A group of neighbors, organized as Woods Landing Community Association Inc., claimed that by approving the project, county officials violated state and county critical area requirements for development in waterfront areas.

Former Planning and Zoning Officer Ardath M. Cade approved the project Dec. 31, 1991, on the basis that the development, known as Woods Landing Section II, was exempted from critical area requirements.

The county Board of Appeals upheld the approval in a 6-1 decision last month.

The plaintiffs, identified as Steven and Bonnie Treat and Albert and Betsy Kulle, said the grandfathering provisions relied on by county officials are "inconsistent with Maryland's Critical Areas Statute and Regulations."

The County Council exempted Woods Landing and about two dozen other subdivisions on the Broadneck Peninsula when it adopted its Critical Area enforcement program in 1988 because they were on a waiting list for public sewer service.

The state Critical Area Commission approved the county program, exemptions and all, that year and has praised it as one of the best in the state.

But last spring, the commission asked the county to eliminate the exemptions and other provisions that diluted the program's most basic shoreline and wildlife habitat protections.

Some postponed events have been rescheduled

A number of Central County events postponed because of last week's storm have been rescheduled for this weekend or in the future:

* Severna Park High School will present its annual tribute to the music of the 1950s and 1960s at Rock & Roll Revival IV in the school auditorium 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $6 and are available at the school from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through tomorrow. Information: 544-0900.

* The Broadneck High School Athletic Boosters will hold a dancewith the '50s group, the Hubcaps, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Columbian Center. Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by calling Dave Branning at 757-7822 in the evenings.

Beer, wine, sodas and snacks will be provided at the dance, which is being held to pay off the school's new field house and support other athletic programs, Mr. Branning said.

* The Cape St. Claire Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization's baseball card show has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 at the school on Blue Ridge Drive. The show will include door prizes, snacks, a video corner and a visit from the Oriole Bird. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under age 18. Proceeds will benefit the school and PTO. Information: 721-4119.

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