Plans for 31-home subdivision OK'd

December 17, 1997|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County Council has given the go-ahead to plans to build a 31-home subdivision on environmentally sensitive farmland beside Church Creek south of Annapolis.

The 7-0 vote Monday night means that the Homeport Farms Limited Partnership will build $250,000 homes on the 81-acre property and donate about 25 acres to the county for a park.

Dozens of residents packed a public hearing in council chambers, with some applauding the parkland donation, but most expressing fears that the project will bring more traffic and pollution.

"We believe the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay and the environmental laws must take priority in this case," said J. C. Smith, a resident of nearby Church Creek Lane.

The developer had to appear before the County Council because 66 acres of the property east of Route 2 is designated an environmentally "critical area," because it drains into the Chesapeake Bay.

The council voted to change this area's designation from a "resource conservation area" to a "limited development area." This allowed the partnership to build 31 homes instead of 15.

Hunting Davis Jr., whose family owns the partnership, said that his clan has owned and farmed the land since the 1920s. Davis said his parents have become too old to manage the property and their children have moved away.

"I grew up on the farm and expected to live there some day," he said. "But the world has changed There is no farming in the area around this property anymore, and so it is just impractical to maintain its current status."

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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