Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville


April 08, 1993

Critical Area panel joins foes of town-house plan

State regulators are joining a group of Broadneck residents who say the county improperly approved construction of 153 town houses on the Little Magothy River.

The state's Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission asked the Circuit Court on Monday for permission to intervene in the residents' appeal. If the court approves, this will be the second waterfront project within the county challenged by the state.

In court documents, the commission agreed with residents that the county's approval of Woods Landing II conflicts with a state law regarding environmentally sensitive development within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries.

The county exempted the subdivision from the law because it had been on a waiting list for sewer service before the County Council adopted an enforcement program. The Board of Appeals sustained the county's approval Feb. 19.

The Woods Landing Community Association, which has spent $43,000 battling the developer and the county, has argued that the subdivision cannot be exempted.

The commission filed suit last month to stop the construction of 70 homes at Back Bay Beach, a West River subdivision.

Because of the commission's concerns, county planners are drafting revisions to the county's enforcement program. Tom Andrews, the county's chief environmental officer, said the recommended changes should go to the County Council by April 19.

Two storage companies report bins burglarized

Several bins at two storage companies in Arnold and Millersville were broken into in unrelated incidents this week. Police do not yet know what was taken.

The hardest-hit company was Storage USA, located in the 1600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Arnold. Police said 20 bins were broken into over the weekend.

Authorities said a padlock on a perimeter fence was cut and pad locks on the storage bins also were cut through.

Also on Monday, employees of United Stor-All in Millersville said three bins were broken into. Police said someone had cut through a fence and cut locks off the bins.

An employee of the company, Neil Zakemba, told police that silent alarms went off in his office between 2:25 a.m. and 2:38 a.m. But a police report said the man didn't investigate until 5:40 a.m.

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