Revised plan for homes gets OK

Developer to build water tank to ease firefighting worries

November 21, 2001|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

The Carroll Planning Commission has worked out a compromise that will allow construction to begin on a long-proposed 57-home development off Route 32 near Gamber.

The point of contention was a 4,300-foot road ending in a cul-de-sac that will serve as the main access to many of the homes in the Lakeland Heights development. Gamber Fire Department officials had said they might have trouble getting water to homes at the end of the road. The commission allayed those concerns by requiring the developer to build a 30,000-gallon water tank from which firefighters would be able to run lines to any property on the 203-acre site.

The decision, accepted by the developer, brought a tentative end to a long and tangled approval process.

The development, originally proposed as a golf community, drew criticism at a meeting in May from residents who opposed an extension of Lakeland Drive that would have provided access to the homes.

The Planning Commission also opposed the extension, so the developer created the cul-de-sac as an alternative. However, county law says a road ending in a cul-de-sac cannot be longer than 1,500 feet because of concerns such as access to firefighting equipment.

The developer secured a waiver of that law from the Board of Zoning Appeals and returned to the Planning Commission yesterday.

Debate appeared at a stalemate, but then Gamber Assistant Fire Chief Richard Green proposed the tank and the compromise approval quickly followed.

In other action yesterday, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for a new garbage-sorting facility on Dede Road in Finksburg. B.F.I. Waste Systems of North America, trash hauler for many Carroll towns, will use the building to sort materials it can resell.

Commission member David Brauning expressed concern over increased truck traffic at the nearby intersection of Dede Road and Route 140.

But the facility will add six to 10 trucks a day at first, said Joe Coble of B.F.I. The State Highway Administration has said impact on the intersection will be minimal.

"I think that shows poor planning on the state's part, but we can't do anything about that," said Brauning, before voting to approve the site plan.

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