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Developer submits new complex plan

Manny Shaool's revised proposal for a housing complex off Mount Aetna Road calls for fewer homes.

Manny Shaool's revised proposal for a housing complex off Mount Aetna Road calls for fewer homes.

August 05, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The developer who withdrew a plan in June for a 990-unit housing complex off Mount Aetna Road has submitted a new plan to the Washington County Planning Commission that calls for the construction of fewer units on the same site.

The planning commission will hear the details of Manny Shaool's revised plan today at 7 p.m.

The new plan proposes 170 single-family units, 50 two-family units, 99 townhouses and 180 condominiums on 220 acres along Mount Aetna Road, across from Black Rock Golf Course, according to planning documents.

The townhouses would be built near agricultural zoned property, the documents state.

Washington County Commissioner Bert Iseminger said Sunday that the Planning Commission will discuss the plan tonight and then send it to a public hearing with the commission and the county commissioners at a later date.

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"The public will have the opportunity to present their testimony for or against (the plan)," Iseminger said.

Shaool has requested a Planned Urban Development zoning designation, which would give him permission to build more units per acre than county regulations normally allow.

He said in June he decided to withdraw the original plan and bring back something the county would find more desirable.

In May, the planning commission recommended that the Washington County Commissioners reject Shaool's original plan.

Commission members cited concerns about the density of the project and the traffic impact on local roads as reasons for their action.

Residents opposed to the project voiced similar concerns and also said the development would overcrowd local schools, in particular, Eastern Elementary School.

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