Housing plan gets tentative zoning OK Catonsville development draws some objections

November 01, 1995|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A proposed Catonsville housing development that some neighborhood residents complained would drastically change the area's landscape and contribute to heavy traffic has received tentative zoning approval.

Developer Brian Macari sought permission to build 12 homes on 6 acres of mostly wooded land on Hilton Avenue -- a site where the county had granted approval for the previous owner, Ila Quinn, to build three.

Neighbors of the proposed Oak Forest Glen development, near the Patapsco Woods development south of Valley View Avenue, feared it would add to existing traffic problems stemming from the heavily traveled intersection of Rolling and Valley roads.

But county Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt wrote in his decision Thursday that the "location of the site and configuration of the roadway network makes it clear that traffic volumes and impacts at the proposed intersection will be minimal."

The decision grants Mr. Macari's project a special variance from restrictions that were imposed on building permits in the area because of problems during peak travel times at the intersection. Mr. Schmidt told Mr. Macari to submit a revised development plan, however, to make provisions for storm water management.

"I felt like the issue of a traffic problem on Hilton Avenue was not really addressed," said Mary Burton, who testified at the zoning hearing Oct. 16 and whose family has lived on the street for 50 years. "Of course I'm not happy about it, but what can you do?"

Howard L. Alderman Jr., Mr. Macari's lawyer, said he is reviewing the zoning decision with his client and working on revising the development plan to meet the county's requirements.

"Obviously [Mr. Macari] wants to move forward," Mr. Alderman said. "We have 10 days [from Oct. 26] to submit the revised plan."

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