More than 1,000 housing units proposed near HCC

June 04, 2003|by TARA REILLY

A housing development with more than 1,000 units including townhouses, condominiums and single-family homes is planned for land off Yale Drive near Eastern Elementary School, Washington County planning officials said Tuesday.

The preliminary plan calls for the development to have 1,048 units on 224.6 acres between Hagerstown Community College and Robinwood Medical Center, just west of Robinwood Drive, according to county documents.

County officials on Tuesday heard details of the preliminary plan for the Mount Aetna Farms development. The plan calls for 478 townhouses, 426 single-family homes and 144 condominiums, Senior Planner Timothy Lung said.


Lung said a commercial area would be located on 3.53 acres in the middle of the Mount Aetna Farms development.

Lung said he did not know yet what was planned for the commercial area.

The land is owned by R B Young Limited Liability Partnership of Hagerstown, but the application for a special zoning designation was submitted by QC Enterprises of Cockeysville, Md.

QC Enterprises is requesting a Planned Unit Development (PUD), which would allow the company to move forward with the mixed-housing plan.

The underlying zoning for the land would remain agricultural, while a PUD is an overlaying zoning designation that would allow for greater housing density.

A PUD also allows construction of townhouses, which agricultural zoning alone does not permit.

Lung said the proposed development would be accessed off Yale Drive and Varsity Lane. Those roads would have to be extended to provide access, he said.

He said the Planning Commission will discuss the preliminary plan at its July meeting.

"This is just the first step in the process," Lung said.

PUD requests require a public hearing, followed by decisions from the Planning Commission and the commissioners.

The commissioners have approved two requests for PUDs since November 2002. One of those was for nearly 400 housing units on 97 acres north of Marsh Pike and Leitersburg Pike. The other approved PUD request was for a 595-unit housing development off Mount Aetna Road near Black Rock Golf Course.

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