Council OK for zoning likely

Measure would allow for smaller lots on former Koontz land

Sprawl concerns raised

November 12, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Westminster's Common Council is expected to approve tonight rezoning 70 acres of the former Koontz property - a move that would allow smaller residential lots and provide more open space.

The former Koontz property is a 100-acre parcel along Route 140 across from the College Square shopping center on Westminster's west side.

The developer, Wyndtryst Development Corp. LLC, had asked that the land be rezoned to allow smaller lots - 1/4 -acre parcels instead of 1/2 -acre lots - more open space and larger buffer zones. The developer plans to build 188 homes on the property.

But the rezoning has been a contentious issue, especially for residents of Cliveden Reach, an adjoining community, who have said that development of the site would increase traffic, constitute sprawl and stress the city's infrastructure.

Council members agreed at their last meeting that they want to include a memorandum of understanding with the rezoning, stating that they want the developer to adhere to plans submitted to the city this summer. Such a memo would be issued after the ordinance is approved.

Council President Damian L. Halstad said last week that the rezoning ordinance is "likely to pass."

"The concept plan was well-received and gave the council confidence that the project as currently conceived will be one of quality," Halstad said.

Also tonight the council will:

Hear from the city's Planning and Public Works Department on city water needs and use. The mayor and the council might need to impose water restrictions because of the drought.

Watering lawns and carwashing by homeowners likely would be restricted. The last time the city imposed a water ban was in summer 1999, according to Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff.

Approve the acceptance of a $19,065 law enforcement grant from the U. S. Department of Justice for after-school programs at Westminster Elementary School and for community policing.

Appoint Susan Thomas of Willis Street to the Historic District Commission.

Present checks to the four charities that benefited from Fallfest, the annual festival the city held the last weekend of September.

The nonprofit organizations are: The Arc of Carroll County, Residents Attacking Drugs, North East Social Action Program, and mobile health clinic Mission of Mercy.

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