Panel gives Mount Airy approval to annex land

Planning board also OKs Cascade Lake project

March 22, 2000|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans yesterday for Mount Airy to annex 78 acres east of Buffalo Road, where landowners want to build as many as 150 homes pending a rezoning.

The annexation proposal will go to the county commissioners for final approval.

"The owners' plans are in keeping with Smart Growth legislation," Jean M. Joiner, bureau chief of the county's planning department, told the panel. Gov. Parris N. Glendening's 1997 Smart Growth initiative is designed to curb suburban sprawl by encouraging development in designated growth areas.

About 90 percent of the tract -- owned by Larry Flickinger and the estate of H. Sterling and Dorothy Roberts -- is zoned for 1-acre residential lots. The rest is zoned for agricultural use. The land would have to be rezoned by Mount Airy for the owners' plans to move forward.

In other business, the commission gave the owners of Cascade Lake, one of Carroll County's most popular recreation areas, permission to move forward with a major expansion of their water resort. The expansion would include a new entrance to the site and the addition of two pools, a banquet hall and a baseball field.

In January, county officials had raised concerns about the parking lot, off Snydersburg Road near Hampstead. They asked that the parking lot be paved or covered with crushed rock. The owner agreed to pave the new entrance and cover the remainder with crushed rock.

The planning panel rejected a request to rezone 42 acres of agricultural land in the Freedom Area. The parcel is part of a 75-acre property on the south side of Streaker Road, west of Route 97. The owners of the land proposed building 14 homes on the 42-acre parcel.

The panel voted 3-1 against the the project, with Edward M. Beard casting the one vote in favor.

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