Mount Airy planning board approves swimming pool in new neighborhood

April 27, 1999|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

The Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission cleared the way last night for a private swimming pool expected to open this summer.

After a month's delay and considerable discussion about parking, the commission approved plans for the Nottingham Swim Club in Fields of Nottingham, a development east of town. The vote was 4-to-1, with member Wendy Peters abstaining.

The club, with a swimming pool, children's wading pool and activity pool with fountains and waterfalls, is part of the 400-home Nottingham development, though it will accept members who live outside the neighborhood.

Access for town residents was one concern of the commission, which tabled the plan last month, when many questions surfaced.

"There will be 525 memberships; there are 400 homes and we estimated two-thirds of the people in the subdivision will join," said Rob Scranton, president of Catonsville Homes of Ellicott City, which is developing Nottingham. "Do the math and there's plenty of spots [for nonresidents]. We built a facility that's large enough for both."

The biggest concern of the commission members was parking for the pool and how it relates to the capacity of the swim club, which neither the developer nor the commissioners could determine.

The town's zoning ordinance governing swimming pools requires one parking space for every four people. The development plan allows for 88 spaces, which would mean 352 people at the pool at one time if they all drove.

Because it is a community pool, Scranton stressed, many people are likely to walk, reducing the need for parking.

Town planner Monika Jenkins said the concerns arose because the pool will be the closest thing to a community pool in Mount Airy and "it's a pretty significant pool."

Scranton said interest in the pool has been keen, with about 250 people on a list of potential members. Forty homes are occupied in the development.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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