Council to call for limits to Koontz parcel rezoning

188 houses proposed for 70 acres on Route 140

October 23, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Westminster's Common Council will proceed with rezoning 70 acres of the former Koontz property on Route 140. However, the council also plans - via memorandum - to advise the planning and zoning board to ensure the developer builds only the 188 houses outlined in the concept plan.

"I think this is a good idea," said Councilman L. Gregory Pecoraro, who lives in Cliveden Reach, the development next to the one proposed on the Koontz property. "I think it's important we make clear to planning and zoning our expectations."

The council lacks the authority to approve the rezoning with restrictions, according to City Attorney John B. Walsh Jr.

1/4 -acre lots

The rezoning would allow developer Wyndtryst Development Corp. LLC, an affiliate of Macks & Macks Inc. of Owings Mills, to build on 1/4 -acre lots instead of 1/2 -acre lots and provide more open space.

The developer had asked that the land be rezoned to allow smaller lots, more open space and larger buffer zones.

The Koontz property is a 100-acre parcel along Route 140 across from the College Square shopping center.

Residents of Cliveden Reach have said that residential and commercial development of the site would increase traffic, constitute sprawl and stress the city's infrastructure.

The ordinance will likely go before the council as soon as Nov. 12 and be voted on Nov. 26.

Other business

In other business, the council announced that the city will observe Halloween with trick-or-treating from dusk until 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Children ages 12 and younger are asked to visit homes with a porch light on and to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition, the council announced the terms of a lease for the fourth and final cellular antenna on the Western Maryland College water tower.

With the lease with APC Realty on behalf of Sprint, Westminster will be taking in $4,000 per month in revenues from antenna leases at WMC.

The city and college share the revenues from the leases.

Also, Katrina L. Tucker, Westminster's town planner for almost a decade, announced her resignation to the mayor and council last night. Tucker has accepted a job with the city of Rockville. Her last day is Nov. 15.

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