The Carroll County Planning Commission cleared the way yesterday for owners of "hangover parcels" to sell those parcels without having to deduct them from off-conveyances, lots that an owner can sell without meeting county subdivision regulations.
"Hangover parcels" are parcels of land divided by roads that the county maintains but does not own. County highways staff members say these are usually older roads that divided farms.
If the county commissioners endorse the Planning Commission's action, a landowner would be able to sell his hangover parcels. The owner also would retain the two lots per parcel that county law allows him to off-convey, or sell without going through the subdivision process, if his property is large enough to be subdivided.
Planning Commission Chairman Louis B. Pecoraro criticized the action.
"At the public hearing, I didn't see any people there who own land. All I saw were attorneys and surveyors and planning staff," he said. "This is the first instance in which we see the chipping away of land use [regulations] in Carroll County.
Planning Director Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman said earlier that he didn't know how many hangover parcels exist in the county or how many additional lots could be created.
Yesterday, he said he didn't think the county would see a proliferation of off-conveyances and owners manipulating deeds to add lots outside the subdivision process.