Residents oppose developer's plan for less spacious lots

November 22, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

A group of Ellicott City residents say a proposal by their community's developer threatens the very essence of their neighborhood -- spacious lots.

The plan by landowner Timothy E. Welsh, who lives off Parrot Drive in the Font Hill community, includes adding to the 10 homes he already has built on half-acre lots another 25 homes on one-sixth-acre lots that would be off Timberknoll Lane and Parrot and Springfield drives.

The Howard County Planning Board heard part of Welsh's plan yesterday, then postponed the rest of the hearing until Dec. 4.

Residents did not get a chance to speak but afterward they criticized the plan.

"He's trying to cluster homes on postage-stamp-sized lots like in Columbia," said Steven Bourg, who has lived on Parrot Drive for a year. "This is very unusual for an Ellicott City neighborhood."

Residents also said Welsh promised them before they moved in that he wouldn't add more homes to the 10 on Parrot Drive.

According to a sketch plan filed with the county's Planning and Zoning Department, seven more homes were planned for the street. The number has since been reduced to five, among the 25 that Welsh plans to build.

Welsh declined to comment. His attorney, David Carney, said many of the residents' concerns "just surfaced recently."

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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