Mount Airy Town Council approves annexation of the Flickinger property

Move would help maintain control of development pace

January 11, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Mount Airy Town Council has unanimously approved the annexation of 78 acres planned for residential development on the Carroll County side of town.

The Flickinger project, on the east side of Buffalo Road, has been on the council agenda for more than a year but was delayed repeatedly, primarily by water testing and the need for state permits.

Before voting Monday night, several council members wondered whether they should again delay action because the town launched a study of its water supply in November.

As part of that plan, the council voted to put off accepting new development proposals during the estimated three- to four-month study period.

But council members eventually agreed that it would be most beneficial to annex the land now. The town usually limits developers to constructing 40 dwellings a year. If the land were left under Carroll County jurisdiction, Mount Airy would have no control over the timetable for developing an estimated 140 homes that could be built there if it were not annexed.

The annexation had been delayed primarily by well testing, said Council President R. Delaine Hobbs, who heads its water and wastewater department.

Recent tests of the new well found that it not only produced a surplus beyond the required amount of water - without harming the surrounding supply - but also ranked high in taste appeal.

"It's a good well," he said. "How we would utilize it at this point remains to be seen."

Of the annexation, he said, no building plans would be accepted until the water study is complete.

Councilman Frank M. Johnson said the developer also plans to extend a road, Candice Drive, which might not happen if the property remained in the county.

"And if this isn't annexed, it's going to be developed anyway," said Hobbs.

In other business, the council:

Voted to annex three residential properties at the north end of town, under a previous agreement in return for the town providing them with water after their wells failed, Hobbs said.

Followed its planners' recommendations and voted to reject a request from a resident to rezone his property on East Ridgeville Boulevard for commercial development.

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