Public hearing is set for discussion of development plan for Black Farm

February 08, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Residents of Manchester will have the opportunity to express opinions on a developer's petition for the town to annex 157 acres known as the Black Farm property at a public hearing at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Town Hall.

No decision is expected from Manchester's Town Council until spring, said Philip Arbaugh, town manager.

Developer Martin K. P. Hill, his partners and property owner James Martin want to build 200 or more houses on the property, which is divided by Route 30 near Fridinger Mill Road at the north end of Manchester. The property is bounded on the north by Lineboro Road, east of Route 30.

The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-0 in December to join the developer's petition for annexation.

After public comments and further discussions with Maryland Department of the Environment officials, the Town Council will negotiate water and other public works issues with Hill before voting on annexation, Arbaugh said.

The project is being considered in relation to a new elementary school, which is in Manchester's 10-year development plan, Arbaugh said.

The county purchased a 20-acre parcel in 1989, earmarking it as the site of a future Ebb Valley elementary school. But population has fallen short of projections, and the school board has lowered the priority of the Ebb Valley project.

If a school is built on the county parcel, the easiest access would be through the development.

Because drinkable water is in short supply in Manchester, the town would require the developer to provide for an adequate water supply before construction permits would be issued.

Pub Date: 2/08/99

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