Mount Airy Town Council delays annexation vote

September 13, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Town Council postponed voting on the annexation of the Kraft property last night.

Town attorney Charles Fisher asked for more time to review the annexation agreement before the council votes on it.

"Everything looks good for the approval of the annexation," said Town Council President Delaine Hobbs.

The council scheduled a final vote at the next council meeting, Oct. 3.

Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore has asked the town to annex 137 acres of farmland north of Buffalo Road. The company has a contract to purchase the land, owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.

Magna plans to build up to about 200 single-family houses there.

Steve Koren, the development manager for the Kraft property, said last night that the annexation agreement is complex because of the number of developer commitments to the town.

These include developing a well for the town, extending Watersville Road and preserving parkland.

"We agree on substantive issues," Mr. Koren said. "It's just a matter of working out the legal language.

Last week, the county commissioners reversed themselves on the question of issuing a rezoning waiver for the Kraft property.

The commissioners voted 2-1 to allow more houses to be built on the 137-acre parcel.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell voted against the zoning change, which will allow the developer to build about two houses per acre instead of one per acre.

Mount Airy officials had clashed with the commissioners over their initial decision last month not to permit higher density development on the Kraft land.

The commissioners' decision was unexpected because county and town staff had reported that schools, roads and public safety services could handle the increased population.

Without the waiver, Mount Airy could still have annexed the land, but it would have had to remain under its current zoning for five years.

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