Vote on Kraft property postponed again

September 07, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

For the second time, the county commissioners have postponed a decision on development of the Kraft property at the edge of Mount Airy.

The commissioners did not vote as scheduled yesterday. Commissioner Julia Gouge said she wanted more information about the impact development would have on schools.

Yesterday, Mrs. Gouge told Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer Lippy that they could vote on the rezoning, but Mr. Lippy refused to vote unless all three participated.

"I think it's important she [Mrs. Gouge] address her concerns and stand up and be counted and vote on this thing," Mr. Lippy said.

The commissioners have rescheduled their vote for tomorrow.

Mount Airy officials are seeking a zoning waiver from the commissioners to allow development at a higher density than the density unit per acre for which the Kraft parcel is zoned.

Magna Holdings of Baltimore wants to build two to three units per acre on the 137-acre property northwest of Mount Airy.

Before she votes on the issue, Mrs. Gouge said she wants numbers on how all proposed developments in the Mount Airy area would affect local schools.

Last week, Mount Airy officials met with Mr. Dell and Mr. Lippy to ask them to reconsider their denial last month of a zoning waiver for the Kraft property.

Originally, the commissioners denied the waiver because they said the higher density would strain public services, especially schools.

The commissioners' denial of the waiver was unexpected because the county Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended granting it. County planning staff found that public services are adequate to handle the increased density.

Yesterday, Mr. Dell said he remains opposed to the waiver: "To increase the growth over and above what our master plan calls for isn't something we should be doing."

Mount Airy plans to annex the Kraft land to have more control over the development and to provide the town with a larger tax base.

Town officials say the development would bring benefits to Mount Airy, including a high-yield well, road improvements and parkland.

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