Carroll development exemption denied

April 23, 2004

Carroll County commissioners denied yesterday a request for an exemption to the county's yearlong freeze on development.

The growth freeze allows exemptions for severe economic hardship; assisted-living, senior and disabled housing projects; and properties that might be annexed by the county's towns.

Last week, Ronald and Laura Abbott of Finksburg told the commissioners that the inability to move forward on their housing project has put a strain on their finances.

They want to subdivide their 65-acre property into 10 lots and distribute four lots to Ronald Abbott's siblings as part of his late mother's will. Because three homes exist on the property, they want to sell the remaining three lots to pay for costs associated with the subdivision process.

The commissioners have granted at least four such requests out of 11 petitions filed since the freeze interrupted progress on about 1,700 residential lots that had passed early stages of the county's review process.

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