21-home Fulton subdivision opposed Resident's appeal says 42-acre development would threaten reservoir

May 21, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

A Fulton resident is appealing a decision by the county Department of Planning and Zoning to approve a 21-home subdivision on Lime Kiln Road in Fulton.

In his appeal, Paul Panitz, who owns property near the 42-acre site, says the plan violates several state environmental regulations.

The site, off Route 216, is less than 2,500 feet from Rocky Gorge Reservoir.

Panitz asserts that a preliminary sketch shows lots smaller than 2 acres with widths less than 175 feet.

Under Maryland law, no more than one housing unit may be built on each two acres if a development is within 2,500 feet of a reservoir.

Panitz's attorney, Thomas E. Dernoga, said the appeal is meant to preserve the quality of Rocky Gorge's water.

Panitz and others who live near the site are concerned less about the density of the lots than about the size of the lots, in addition to drinking water, Dernoga said.

Columbia attorney Richard B. Talkin, who represents Winchester Homes, developer of the Hunterbrooke site, did not return telephone calls.

Winchester Homes has approval to build 21 homes by 2000. Each will contain approximately 4,000 square feet.

"I'm not sure how the Board [of Appeals] will look at the appeal," Dernoga said. "Howard County doesn't appear to enforce the two-acre-lot rule."

The Board of Appeals has scheduled a hearing for 7 p.m. June 2 at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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