Hayfields golf course poses no risk to ground water, county panel says

November 20, 1998|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Hayfields Country Club will have no adverse impact on the ground water, the Baltimore County Board of Appeals said yesterday.

Responding to an order from Maryland's second highest court that the board review the case again, the three-member panel agreed that the ground water beneath the Hunt Valley facility is protected by a layer of clay, and that with proper management, the golf course will pose no risk.

The decision, to be issued in writing in about 10 days, apparently puts to rest the last unresolved question regarding the Hayfields project.

Neighbors fought unsuccessfully for years to defeat the golf course and a proposed housing development, saying the Hayfields farm held such a prominent place on the county's landscape and in its history that it should be preserved.

The 474-acre Hayfields was one of the oldest and most prominent farms in the county. It was recognized by Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and was the site of a Civil War encampment.

In July, the Nicholas Mangione family opened Hayfields Country Club, which includes an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse. The club will have a swimming pool, tennis courts and eating facilities.

The Mangiones also plan to build 39 houses on the site.

A Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruling in August dismissed most of the opponents' objections about the development.

The court found that the Board of Appeals erred by failing to state explicitly if the project would be detrimental to the ground water.

In oral deliberations yesterday, the board did just that, agreeing that the vagueness of its earlier opinion was a fault of wording and not an uncertainty about the project's impact.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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