Town Council to ask for delay in development

August 16, 1994

In an attempt to ease the burden on its overcrowded schools, the Hampstead Town Council will ask the town's Planning and Zoning Commission to delay both preliminary and final approval on all subdivisions for 90 days.

"The town of Hampstead has a problem," said Councilman Wayne Thomas. "Its schools are overcrowded."

During a hastily called, but unusually well-attended meeting Friday night, the council voted 4-1 to send a letter requesting the delay. The request is nonbinding, and some council members said they expected opposition in the planning commission.

A delay, council members said, will let the town study how new development in Hampstead is affecting schools and other public services.

Town officials said the county government has told them that Hampstead schools will not be adequate for its population until the year 2001. But Arthur Moler, the council member who voted against sending the letter, said a delay would cause unnecessary harm to developers.

In particular, Mr. Moler cited the building of about 200 homes in one section of the North Carroll Farms development. Developer Martin K. P. Hill could not be reached for comment yesterday.

"Mr. Hill has gotten preliminary approval, but now he wants to start building, and now all of a sudden there are problems," Mr. Moler said. "The builder has certain rights, too."

Some council members have privately argued that a limit on new building will be necessary, town officials said.


* Hampstead: Engines from companies in Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia of Baltimore County were dispatched to an electrical fire in the 900 block of N. Main St. in Hampstead at 3:11 p.m. yesterday. They were out for 28 minutes.

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