Neighbors worry about Placid Drive extension

November 14, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

When it meets tomorrow, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission may decide when to decide on the extension of Placid Drive.

Several residents of Strawbridge Estates say they fear that extending it to Hodges Road would make Placid Drive a route through their neighborhood for motorists heading to Route 32 in South Carroll.

Many homeowners would like to be heard on the subject and have asked the county Department of Planning to notify them when the issue will appear on the commission agenda.

"It is not on the agenda for Tuesday," said Helen Spinelli, county planner. "It needs more than the 10 or 15 minutes normally dedicated to an agenda item."

Zeno M. Fisher Jr., commission member, said he has read much correspondence on the proposal, but he is unsure when the commission will address it.

What the commission may decide tomorrow is whether a public hearing is warranted and when members will visit the site, Ms. Spinelli said.

The proposed extension of the road that now ends in a cul-de-sac has been part of the county's South Carroll master plan for 17 years.

Last month, homeowners in the self-contained community received an unsigned letter that detailed the county's plans to extend Placid Drive through a heavily wooded watershed area and west to Hodges Road, where several new housing developments are under construction.

Many said they would protest the proposed new road in every way possible.

Macks Homes, an Owings Mills development company, plans to build Stone Manor on 57 acres adjoining the watershed area. The 89-home subdivision is working its way through the development review process.

The developer would be responsible for all road construction, including the extension.

The Planning Commission may wait a month or more to include "what is turning into a big issue" on its agenda, Ms. Spinelli said.

"If they were making a decision, it would be made in public," said Ms. Spinelli, who has assured residents she would call them after the session tomorrow, if a hearing or site inspections are scheduled.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell has served as a voting member on the Planning Commission for the past four years. By the December meeting, the new board of county commissioners, with Mr. Dell as the only incumbent re-elected, will be in office.

He, with W. Benjamin Brown and Richard T. Yates, the two new commissioners who ran on platforms touting controlled growth, will decide which of them will serve the next four years on the planning commission.

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