BOONSBORO ? No matter how Boonsboro Town Council members proceed with proposals that could nearly double the town's area, some residents said they already feel crowded by development.
"This is the area where I grew up, and I would like to see it stay that way for my children and my grandchildren, with the creeks and the streams and the woods where I played," said Cory Niswander, 39. "I can't stand the way it's growing up."
Town officials said Wednesday pending annexations could give the town leverage in dealing with developers. The council will consider six annexations covering more than 813 acres at a public hearing Monday at 7 p.m. at Boonsboro Middle School.
At a meeting introducing six of the annexations, Mayor Charles "Skip" F. Kauffman Jr. said state law changes that go into effect next year will limit towns' control over annexations, giving more power in the process to the counties. A seventh annexation already has been considered at public hearing.