Commissioners make no ruling on Kraft site

September 01, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Town Council had hoped to hear from the county by last night on zoning of the Kraft property, but Mayor Gerald Johnson said there has been no decision.

Mount Airy officials met Tuesday with County Commissioners Donald Dell and Elmer Lippy to ask them to reconsider their denial of a zoning waiver for development of the parcel. Mayor Johnson had asked to receive the ruling before last night's public hearing on the project.

They failed to act because Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was not available, Mayor Johnson told the Town Council last night.

Council President Delaine Hobbs said he told Commissioner Lippy in a phone conversation yesterday "to remind Mrs. Gouge that she still has a responsibility to this county."

Mrs. Gouge is running for lieutenant governor with Republican candidate William Shepard.

The only person to testify at last night's public hearing was Theodor Stathis, whose home is adjacent to the proposed development. He objected to the planned realignment of Buffalo Road, saying it would reduce the value of his property.

Magna Holdings of Baltimore wants to buy the 137-acre parcel to build as many as 200 single-family houses. The land is owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.

Mount Airy plans to annex the land, which is northwest of the town, to have more control over the development and to provide the town with a larger tax base.

Last month, the county commissioners declined to grant a waiver that would have permitted building on the Kraft property at a greater density than the one unit per acre for which it is zoned.

They said the higher density would strain public services, especially schools.

The decision came as a surprise to Mount Airy officials, because the county Planning Commission had recommended granting the waiver.

County planning staff found that public services could handle the increased density.

The developers need the waiver to build two or three houses per acre. Without the waiver, the land could be annexed but would XTC have to retain its current zoning for five years.

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