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Preliminary plans for development move ahead

August 03, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve preliminary plans for a 595-unit development off Mount Aetna Road.

The vote came fewer than two years after the panel recommended that the Washington County Commissioners not give the developer a special zoning designation for the project.

The Planning Commission on Monday voted 7-0 to approve the preliminary development plan for the proposed development near Black Rock Golf Course.

The development site, owned by Mansoor E. "Manny" Shaool, is to include 595 residential units on just more than 220 acres, 2.7 units per acre. The development includes townhouses, two-family units, condominiums and single-family homes.

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The commission did vote for conditions, including engineering approval of street construction, fire protection approval and provisions for the building of additional walkways to access recreational areas.

Senior Planner Tim Lung said details addressing adequate public facilities and improvements to nearby roads and schools will be completed for the final development plan.

It has been estimated that the new development will generate about 244 additional elementary, middle and high school students.

The Washington County Commissioners agreed in November 2002 to grant the 220 acres off Mount Aetna Road a Planned Unit Development, or PUD, designation. The underlying zoning for the land remains agricultural, while a PUD designation is an overlaying zoning designation that allows for greater housing density. It also allows for construction of townhouses, which agricultural zoning does not permit.

Sassan Shaool, representing his father at Monday's meeting, said the development will be completed in three phases - one in three years, another in six and the final in about 10.

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