Carroll panel OKs request for private runway

Restrictions imposed on the owner of property in Hampstead

September 27, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Despite objections from neighbors, a Hampstead resident who runs an aerial advertising service will be permitted to use part of his 11-acre property near Falls Road as a private runway for his plane.

The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals approved yesterday a request from Brian Corcoran for a 760-foot-by-50-foot grass-covered runway at his home on Michael's Meadow Drive. The three-member board voted 2-to-1 to allow the airstrip, but limited use to Corcoran's single-engine Piper Super Cub, a two-seat plane.

Corcoran had the requisite federal and state permits allowing him to take off and land from the airstrip. He needed a ruling from the county zoning board, which can allow such projects as a conditional use on land zoned for agriculture.

Neighbors told the board they object to airplane noise, expected to see a decline in their property values and raised safety issues.

Linda Birch, a Falls Road resident, said she would file an appeal of the decision with Circuit Court. "I will speak in my own defense," Birch said. "I have covered all the evidence and done all the work."

Courtney Bond of Millers Station Road, said, "I do not want to live near an airport. If there is more than one plane, it will be noisy and unpleasant. There are other airports nearby that he can use."

Corcoran said that anyone with adequate acreage could make a similar application. He said he probably would use the airstrip about 100 times a year.

Board members said they were swayed by neighbors' arguments, but they voted in favor of Corcoran.

The board placed several restrictions on Corcoran, including limiting use of the airstrip to the plane he now owns. He cannot pave the airstrip nor can he pass the conditional use to future owners of the property.

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