Vote delayed on Dundalk development proposal

Proper notice was not posted, officials say

September 03, 2014|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore County Council vote on a development proposal for the former Seagram's whiskey distillery in Dundalk was postponed this week because the public wasn't given proper notice of the scheduled vote, county officials said.

A resolution pending before the council and initially scheduled for a vote Tuesday would have authorized county agencies to review plans for Brewery Station, a project that would include nearly 200 townhomes on the Sollers Point Road property. The development group includes developer John Vontran and the Powers Companies.

Under county law, a notice must be posted at the property 10 days before the council votes on such a resolution.

Although the law says the county's Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections should post the notice, it is the practice in the county for developers to post the notice, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. The developers posted the notice Aug. 28.

Council members heard testimony on the proposal last week and had planned to vote on the measure at yesterday's council session; the vote has now been rescheduled for Sept. 15. Another work session where the resolution will be discussed is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Vontran declined to comment. An attorney for the development group did not return messages seeking comment.

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