Homeowners still oppose Belt Farm housing plan

June 21, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Members of the Linton Springs Civic Association plan to reiterate their opposition today to a proposal for rezoning the Belt Farm property, which adjoins their subdivision.

"We hope to restate our position no matter what the [county planning and zoning] commission decides," said Barry Marsh, association president.

If the decision goes against them, association members plan to hire an attorney.

The association met Friday to review the developer's latest proposal, which includes 162 houses on the 203-acre site at Linton Road and Route 26 in Eldersburg.

"One thing we agreed upon is that it is time for the association to get an attorney," said Mr. Marsh.

Although Carroll Developers of Howard County has scaled down its plan from 240 to 160 homes, the association maintains that number is still too high and is asking the commission to adhere to the original zoning, which allows for 100 residences.

The county planning and zoning commission expects to announce its decision at 2 p.m.

"There will be opportunity for the public to comment," said Louis Pecoraro, commission chairman.

The new plan does not include another egress to Liberty Road.

"There is no separate road in the new plan, and all homes will be using our roads system and emptying into one intersection," said Mr. Marsh.

Even with improvements planned for Linton Road and Route 26, the state still classifies it as a poor intersection, said Mr. Marsh.

"We are just asking the commission to take a step back and catch its breath," he said. "The developer can cluster down and still make a profit."

Two recently approved developments near the farm property will add more than 300 new houses to the area where many have complained of crowded schools and inadequate roads, he said.

"We need impact fees upfront to build an infrastructure along with the development," said Mr. Marsh.

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