Bosworth shelves plan to annex 50-acre farm Request for rezoning also delayed CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 23, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The prospective buyer of a 50-acre farm on Uniontown Road has put a hold on his request to annex the land to Westminster and rezone it for higher density development.

Peter Bosworth, president of Bosworth Properties of Baltimore, asked the city late last week to stop the annexation process. The action also stopped Mr. Bosworth's request for rezoning that would allow development on quarter-acre lots. The property is currently zoned for half-acre lots.

The land lies on the north side of Uniontown Road adjacent to the Greens subdivision. It is currently owned by Samuel H. and George M. Shriver III, but Mr. Bosworth has a contract to purchase it.

Mr. Bosworth said he asked the city to inactivate his annexation petition so the developer, Macks and Macks of Baltimore, could re-evaluate whether it would be more advantageous to develop under city or county guidelines.

He declined to say any more about the plans.

Developer Lawrence Macks of Macks and Macks could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The developer will be required to extend Rockland Road to the northern edge of the property, whether it is developed under county or city regulations. Comprehensive plans adopted by both the city and county identify Rockland Road as a major street that will eventually connect with Route 140.

If Mr. Bosworth reactivates his annexation request, the city would be legally bound to require him to extend Rockland Road, City Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard explained.

Mr. Beyard said he understood that the developer found he wouldn't gain much advantage in lots from higher density zoning because of the configuration of the land. "That seems to be why he doesn't want to be in the city," the planning director said.

Concept sketches that Mr. Macks submitted for county development review show that he can develop the same number of lots -- 73 -- with conventional half-acre lots or in a cluster subdivision, County Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman reported.

A cluster subdivision allows the developer to build houses on smaller lots than in a conventional subdivision, but the developer must leave the acreage gained in common open space. The minimum open space required is 15 percent of the total acreage.

"He's locked into R-20 [half-acre lots] zoning unless he seeks a change in zoning through the city," Mr. Cueman said. "Whether he clusters or doesn't, he ends up with the same density."

The concept sketches are preliminary. The developer and contract purchaser are just beginning the subdivision process, Mr. Cueman said.

"Before he gets through this, whether he'll jump back to the city, I don't know," the planning director said.

Mr. Bosworth's request to halt the process came just three days after the City Council voted to introduce his annexation petition. The council action allowed the city planning commission to begin reviewing the property for a recommendation on whether to annex it.

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