Panel hears testimony on developer's appeal

November 06, 1996

The Hampstead Board of Zoning Appeals heard testimony Monday night on developer Martin K. P. Hill's appeal of a "stop work" order issued to him in September over alleged zoning violations at the Robert's Field condominium development.

Town Manager Neil Ridgely ordered Hill's work crew to stop construction at the site Sept. 14, citing the developer's failure to meet town requirements relating to open space and density issues.

Ridgely testified Monday that the Field condominium development was short 16 acres of open space and the proposed 90-unit project exceeded the maximum density allowable under town law.

He said he discovered the alleged violations when he undertook a review of subdivisions under construction in Hampstead shortly after he became town manager in July 1995.

Ridgely said that Hill built three-bedroom townhouses in Robert's Field section one, although record plats for the development showed that he was to build two-bedroom units. As a result, he said that Hill was entitled to 44 remaining units for the condominium development instead of 90.

The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear additional testimony on the case at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and will take comments.

Fire

Lineboro: Firefighters responded at 10: 43 a.m. Monday to a tree fire on Baker School Road. Units were out one hour.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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