Mays Chapel Park school opponents bring battle to County Council

Council considers measure to exchange property

January 15, 2013|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

A day after testifying at a public hearing before the county school board, Mays Chapel residents who oppose the construction of an elementary school at a nearby park took their concerns to a County Council work session on Tuesday.

The council is considering a resolution that would authorize the county to swap 10 acres near Padonia and Roundwood roads for an adjacent parcel, the same size, that the school board owns. The 700-student Lutherville area school would be built on the now county-owned site to alleviate overcrowding in schools along the York Road corridor.

Council members are scheduled to vote on the resolution Jan. 22. The state Department of Natural Resources must approve the plan because the county's land at the site was bought with Project Open Space money.

County school board members approved the site last year, but the state school board later ruled that proper notice was not given for a public hearing. After Monday's public hearing, the school board is set to vote on the site again Feb. 5.

Residents reiterated their concerns to the council Tuesday, touching on issues including the environment, traffic and safety.

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