Huff calls new meeting on Pot Spring PUD in Timonium

May 24, 2011

Third District Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff will hold a public meeting on a planned unit development (PUD) on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m., at Warren Elementary School's cafeteria at 900 Bosley Road, Cockeysville,

Huff announced the meeting May 18 in a press release.

In February, Huff had pulled his resolution for the PUD after public complaints. Community members had raised opposition to the Pot Spring plan, which seeks approval from the council to place a 33-unit senior housing development on a 10-acre tract that would otherwise allow 13 units.

The PUD process is a way for developers to exceed typical density requirements — if certain criteria are met. The review process includes review by the County Council.

Dr. Paul Apostolo, leader of the group SavePotSpring.org, told the Towson Times last week that the meeting was news to him.

Apostolo also said the meeting is not in line with what Huff and SavePotSpring.org had previously agreed upon in April.

"This is not consistent with the agreement we struck at the meeting. … We will contact the councilman's office and will go forward," Apostolo said.

Apostolo previously said his organization opposes PUDs in general, preferring instead that, "a developer not bypass the current zoning regulations."

At a community input meeting in February, hundreds of residents came out to oppose the plan, and Apostolo said more than 300 signed onto a letter to Huff calling for him to withdraw the PUD resolution.

Apostolo said his group has concerns related to crime, traffic, parking and other matters, including whether the project — planned as a gated retirement subdivision with access onto Pot Spring Road — is viable in the current market.

But the developer, Jeff Kirby of J Kirby Development, previously said the community's concerns were unwarranted.

Kirby had contended that the nature of residents — as seniors — would minimize the traffic impact. In regard to roadway capacity and safety,

Huff declined to comment specifically on any potential changes to the PUD request.

"Come Wednesday night and everybody will hear my decision at the same time," Huff said.

As far as Apostolo's frustrations, Huff said, "I think he (Apostolo) is jumping the gun. How can he be disappointed about something he doesn't even know about?"

— Steve Schuster

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