Builders ask county to lift recording limit

September 23, 1993

Members of the Carroll County Homebuilders Association yesterday asked the county planning and zoning commission to consider removing the current limit on plot recording.

At present, a developer can record only 25 plots per quarter in the county.

The builders contended that the regulation makes financing more difficult for them to obtain.

They also said that the regulation increases home prices because developers often are required to build cul-de-sacs that are later torn down, and they must have more site plans and designs drawn for county planners to consider.

"Let the economics of the marketplace dictate how projects should be phased," said Hampstead developer Martin K. P. Hill. "In my experience, you aren't going to see a tremendous rush of houses being built."

If necessary, growth could be regulated by withholding building permits, as Westminster and Mount Airy do, Mr. Hill said.

But Carroll County planner Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman said he is unsure whether the county could hold building permits without General Assembly approval.

"They [Westminster and Mount Airy] have charters," Mr. Cueman said. "It's a little tougher on the commissioner form [of government to get approval for similar proposals]."

The planning commission, which is awaiting advice and information from other areas, took the association's comments under advisement. Commission members said they plan to make a recommendation to the county commissioners next month.

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