Appeals board OKs Hayfields project But ruling prohibits some commercial uses

August 14, 1996|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

The historic Hayfields farm has moved another step closer to development as a country club and golf course -- but with conditions rejecting several of the most commercial proposals for the site.

Baltimore County's Board of Appeals has upheld the zoning commissioner's decision to grant a special exception for the project, but rejected proposals including a public banquet facility, overnight accommodations and lights for a golf practice range.

George A. Nilson, a lawyer for the Valleys Planning Council, said the watchdog group for the county's rural northern and northwestern areas has 30 days to appeal last week's ruling to the Circuit Court -- a step he said is probable once he confers with John C. Bernstein, the council's executive director.

Hayfields is a development project of the Mangione family, operators of Turf Valley Country Club in Howard County -- who also could appeal the ruling.

Nilson said the board's restrictions would prevent Hayfields, at Shawan Road and Interstate 83, from becoming "Turf Valley East." Opponents of development argue that Hayfields should remain the working farm it has been for more than 200 years.

The board said, however, that the country club planned for 228 acres of the 476-acre tract is an appropriate use in the rural conservation zone in which Hayfields is located and that the Mangiones cannot be forced to operate it as a farm.

The Mangione plan calls for a combination of private membership and public access to various club activities, with the old manor house to be converted into a 90-seat restaurant open to the public.

The Mangiones also plan to build 39 houses on 70 acres of the property. Last month, a judge denied a request to permit 50 houses on the site.

Commonly called "the Gateway to the Valleys," Hayfields is at the county's urban-rural demarcation line, the boundary for municipal water and sewerage. Those connections exist on the I-83 edge of the property but are not available on the site, which must depend on well water and a septic system.

The Board of Appeals ordered the developer to satisfy "in the strictest sense" county Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management concerns about water consumption and effluent disposal.

A Maryland Department of Environment hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive, on an application for the water permit for the proposed golf course.

Nilson said the developer also must ask the County Council to amend the master water and sewer plan to accommodate the project. A hearing on that will be held in the fall.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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