Development gains initial approval North Carroll plan includes 31 lots

April 27, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission approved the concept plan for Section Five of North Carroll Farms at its regular meeting last night.

The commission voted 5-0 to approve the concept plan for the 28-acre development on Utz Road at Greenmount Church Road.

The approval of the concept plan is the first of three approvals a development must receive from the planning and zoning commission. The second is preliminary approval, and that is followed by final approval.

The concept plan approved last night includes 31 lots, but that number may change.

Tests must now be done to see if the ground can accommodate the proposed individual septic systems. The developer must also put together a tree conservation plan.

The Section Five area is zoned to allow as many as 62 homes to be built on the land if septic conditions and other factors permit.

James F. Piet, director of site evaluation and development for developer Martin K. P. Hill, said Section Five would not tie in to Greenmount Church Road.

Instead, Upper Forde Lane would be extended north to provide access to the homes.

The progress of North Carroll Farms Section Five depends on the progress of Section Four, which is a proposed development of about 220 homes and town houses.

As part of the work on Section Four, the developers want to close off Greenmount Church Road with a timber barrier just west of Utz Road.

"It's a substandard road," Mr. Piet said. "It's got a poor railroad crossing."

To provide access to the homes, the developer wants to extend Farm Woods Lane east to Route 30.

Hampstead Mayor Clint Becker said last night that closing Green

mount Church Road would require a public hearing and county approval.

In the past, the proposed extension of Farm Woods Lane has led some area residents to ask whether an intersection of Farm Woods Lane and Route 30 would worsen Hampstead-area traffic problems.

Mr. Piet said North Carroll Farms Section Four has had its concept plan and its preliminary plan approved.

He said the developer is still working on construction drawings that must be finished before final approval can be sought.

The next meeting of the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled for Monday, May 24, a week earlier than usual because of the Memorial Day holiday.

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