Meeting to air development concerns Citizens ask data on N. Laurel Park NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

September 13, 1993|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,Staff Writer

With developers poised to start building in North Laurel Park, county officials and construction company representatives have organized a town meeting with residents to discuss ways of easing the construction's impact on the community.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Laurel Woods Elementary School.

The development of the 611 lots between Route 216 and U.S. 1 has long been a concern of homeowners who have grown used to the now-wooded area.

The lots were platted in 1898 and zoned for residential/single cluster, which allows single-family detached or attached homes.

Cornerstone Homes is one of the more than 40 owners of the undeveloped land in North Laurel Park. Cornerstone, along with Rockville-based Ward Corp., plans to construct at least 60 homes in the area.

Some residents say that area streets and schools already are overcrowded and that more homes would make a bad problem worse.

"We can't ever be happy about open space and greenery being taken away," said Donna Thewes, a member of the North Laurel Civic Association. "We want our community to stay the way it is."

Resigned to the fact that some construction is likely, residents want the county and developers to outline ways of dealing with the construction's impact on roads, schools and the environment.

County Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, who represents North Laurel, organized to day's meeting.

Ms. Pendergrass; Brian Boy, vice president of operations for Cornerstone; and a representative from the Department of Planning and Zoning will answer questions about development in North Laurel Park.

"The point is to put all the concerns out in the open," Ms. Pendergrass said.

"These people have a right to develop. That's going to increase traffic, and that's going to cause problems."

The issue is complicated by the fact that the lots were zoned nearly a century ago. Because of that, many of the current subdivision and land development regulations, as well as environmental protection laws, do not apply.

Plats redrawn by the developer are subject to current laws, and construction of new homes is subject to current building code standards.

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