Requests on rise for Carroll Co. building permits

May 21, 2002|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Fearing that the Carroll commissioners soon might impose stricter growth limits, developers have been bombarding the county's offices with requests for building permits to secure their rights under current law.

The permit rush followed a meeting last week at which county staffers told the commissioners that projected growth will far exceed the goal of 6,000 new houses in six years set by the county in 1997.

Faced with the news, the board has discussed ways to change the 6,000-home limit from a goal to a rule but is not close to approving new policies.

"Still, you understand what the developers are thinking," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge. "This is how they always react to uncertainty."

On a typical day, the county's permit office receives about 25 requests for building permits. The day after the commissioners discussed growth limits last week, the office received about 125 requests, said manager Mike Maring.

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