MDE accepting testimony on Turf Valley road project

Councilmen seek delay of permit consideration

February 18, 2004

The Maryland Department of the Environment will accept written testimony until Feb. 25 about a request for a permit by the owners of Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City to build a road that crosses the Little Patuxent River.

Mangione Family Enterprises hopes to construct a street from Marriottsville Road to continue approved residential and commercial development at the 800-acre site, said Lou Mangione after a MDE public hearing on the permit last week.

More than 50 neighbors attended the hearing. Western Howard Councilman Allan H. Kittleman read a letter that he and North Laurel-Savage Councilman Guy Guzzone wrote recommending the department postpone consideration of the permit.

The county Department of Planning and Zoning has not approved the final alignment of the road, Kittleman said. Also, residents of more than 130 homes built at Turf Valley were not notified about the permit application because they were not considered adjacent homeowners.

Several speakers also testified about concerns that runoff from chemicals used on the golf course might contaminate wetlands during construction. Mangione said after the meeting that pesticides and fertilizers have been used, but not at a dangerous level.

Comments on the permit request can be sent to the attention of environmental specialist David Brian Boellner, MDE's wetlands and waterways program, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 430, Baltimore 21230-1708.

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