Carroll County's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board will assess the environmental impact of a developer's request to increase housing density on a 205-acre farm near Eldersburg.
The board reviewed Carroll Development Associates' rezoning request for the Belt Farm east of Linton Road at a meeting Wednesday. But board members said they needed to review reports on the plan before giving an assessment to the county planning commission.
The planning commission gives recommendations on rezoning requests to the county commissioners, who make the final decision.
"A lot of trees would come down" if the rezoning is approved, said newly appointed EAAB member Kevin E. Dayhoff.
Board member Carol Rabenhorst expressed concern about the effect on Liberty Reservoir. The area is part of the reservoir watershed.
Carroll Development Associates seeks a change from low- to-medium density on areas of the property zoned for residential development.
The developer also wants to reclassify 77 acres currently zoned conservation, which requires three acre lots, to medium density residential, with one-half acre lots.
Decision deferred on Carrolltown signs
The county Board of Zoning Appeals deferred a decision on signs at Carrolltown Center until a public hearing can be scheduled.
The board met Wednesday to hear an appeal on the size of the signs, which are in excess of the 200 square feet allowed for a business center.
"None of the signs exceeds the height requirements, and there are no setback problems," said George L. Beisser, the county's chief of zoning enforcement. "They just exceed the square footage per sign."
Members set no date for the hearing.
* Sykesville: A Sykesville resident reported to state police Sunday that someone entered his unlocked garage door and stole electronic equipment valued at $1,490.
A Martz Road resident told state police someone broke into the basement of his home Monday and searched the house for valuables. The intruder stole jewelry, a camera and photographic equipment and two guitars. The resident estimated the loss at $5,750.
* Eldersburg: Sykesville, Gamber and Winfield and Liberty Road of Baltimore County responded for a building fire in the 6400 block of W. Hemlock Drive at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 30 minutes.
* Sykesville: Sykesville responded for an auto fire in the 7100 block of Carmae Road at 7:38 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 63 minutes.