Carroll officials name halted subdivisions

April 09, 2002|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Carroll County planning officials identified yesterday the four South Carroll subdivisions where development will be halted because of crowded elementary and middle schools.

County planners announced last month that they would deny building permits to four proposed developments in Sykesville, Mount Airy and Eldersburg. They delayed naming the subdivisions until they had notified the developers.

The subdivisions are: Hood Hills, a 21-lot development on Deer Park Road; Freedom Hills Farms, a 41-lot development on Route 97 near Obrecht Road; the Thompson property, a one-lot development on Old Washington Road; and Pine Brook Farm II, a 36-lot development on Route 97 near Buckhorn Road.

The three larger developments might have faced required revisions because of much-debated amendments to county zoning law, passed last week. County officials said halting the developments because of school crowding was unrelated to the six-month zoning debate.

Crowding has been a high-profile issue in South Carroll for several years, with area parents calling for a halt to development until the problem eases.

The developments are being halted under a measure the county calls its concurrency management plan. That plan is designed to prevent houses from springing up in areas where roads, schools and sewer and water systems are beyond capacity.

The developers of each subdivision can appeal the permit denials to the county's board of zoning appeals and, ultimately, to Circuit Court.

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