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Residents file appeal over commissioners' zoning decision

April 28, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Eighteen residents from the Marsh Pike area have jointly filed an appeal over the Washington County Commissioners' decision to grant a special zoning designation to a developer who has proposed building a nearly 400-unit development in the area.

The appeal was filed April 14 in Washington County Circuit Court.

William C. Wantz, the attorney for the residents, said Thursday the reasons for the appeal will be made public after they are presented to the court in about 90 days.

Paul Crampton Jr., the developer of the proposed Emerald Pointe development, received approval from the County Commissioners on March 13 for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) on 97 acres just north of the Marsh Pike and Leitersburg Pike (Md. 60) intersection.

The underlying zoning for the land remains agricultural, while the PUD is an overlaying zoning designation that allows for greater housing density. It also allows construction of townhouses, which agricultural zoning alone does not permit, County Planning Director Robert Arch has said.

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Crampton requested the PUD to build 267 townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes, along with a 126-unit retirement center.

The commissioners' vote allows Crampton to continue work on the proposed development, but he must still receive final approval on the development plan.

The Washington County Planning Commission had recommended that the commissioners deny the PUD request, stating the development would be incompatible with the area and increase traffic congestion.

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