Kraft annex gets council approval

October 04, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Town Council voted unanimously last night to annex the Kraft property, increasing the town's size by 137 acres.

Approval of the annexation agreement means Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore can proceed with plans to obtain town zoning for up to 200 single-family houses on the farmland north of Buffalo Road.

The company has a contract to purchase the land, owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.

Steve Koren, Magna's development manager, said the company plans to submit a preliminary subdivision plan to the town within a month.

A decision on the petition had been stalled for several weeks by the town's attempts to obtain the desired zoning for the property and by a request from the town's attorney for more time to review legal aspects of the annexation agreement.

The agreement sets out the developer's intention to extend Watersville Road, preserve 10 percent of the land for open space and develop a well on the property.

The agreement also states that the Krafts have a right to the excess yield from the well if they develop the remainder of their property.

Mount Airy officials had clashed with the Carroll County commissioners' initial decision in August not to permit higher-density development on the Kraft land.

Last month, after lobbying from Mount Airy Mayor Gerald Johnson, the commissioners agreed to issue a rezoning waiver. They voted 2-1 to increase the density from one unit per acre to two to three units per acre on the 137-acre parcel.

In other business last night, the council elected Norman Hammond to fill the vacant council seat by a vote of 3-1.

Council applicant Heather Price Smith received one vote.

Mr. Hammond attends nearly every town meeting.

"I'm somewhat overwhelmed," Mr. Hammond said after the vote. "I'm flattered and I hope that the council made the right decision."

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