Pfau optimistic despite rejection of townhouse plan

November 25, 1998|By Alice Lukens | Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF

The day after the Howard County Historic District Commission killed his proposed development of 27 townhouses in historic Ellicott City, developer Michael Pfau was still optimistic.

Pfau, president of Trinity Homes Inc., said yesterday he will not appeal the commission's Monday afternoon decision but intends to devise a new plan for townhouses on the 7.25-acre site along Fels Lane across from the Roger Carter Recreation Center.

"They just want the best for Ellicott City, and I'm going to be the person to work with them to do a good job," Pfau said. " I know I can come up with something that's going to be great."

Pfau said he plans to study the commission's objections to his original proposal and make appropriate modifications.

He said he has faith the commission members will treat him fairly, but he acknowledged that they are under pressure from residents to vote against any townhouse development on that site.

"Even though it's zoned this way, and people have property rights, people would rather not have it there," he said.

Stephen R. Bockmiller, the commission's administrative assistant in the Office of Planning and Zoning, said Pfau will have to wait a year before he can resubmit plans, unless substantial changes have been made.

Pfau said he is willing to work with the commission and do whatever it takes.

"I have the patience of a saint," he said.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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