Age-Restricted Community

Elm Street Development is proposing a 600-home age-restricted community in the Linganore area near Oakdale High School, shown in the background.

A Virginia developer is considering plans for a 600-unit community of age-restricted homes in the Linganore area.

Elm Street Communities is expected to file a zoning application in June for its Cromwell active adult community, along Md. 144 and Meadow Road near Oakdale High School.

The project would have a mix of detached single-family houses, attached villas, and multi-family buildings on about 160 acres, according to a website for the proposed development.

Elm Street recently held a community meeting to discuss the proposal with residents in the area.

Elm Street’s headquarters are in McLean, Virginia, and the company also has offices in Annapolis and Ellicott City, and is developing the Eastchurch, Landsdale, and Lake Linganore projects in Frederick County.

After the zoning application is filed, likely in June, there will be workshops and public hearings with the county Planning Commission and County Council to discuss the project, said Jason Wiley, of Elm Street Communities.

The property is north of Md. 144 near the Interstate 70 interchange at Meadow Road, where Wiley said two more ramps will be added in coming years to the two ramps to create a fully functioning interchange.

The company will ask to have a planned unit development zoning designation laid over the existing low-density residential zoning to allow the 600 homes.

Being near I-70, the area has the road infrastructure and water and sewer service adjacent to it, Wiley said.

The project is near the Linganore Town Center area, which contains business, commercial, and shopping districts at Md. 144 and Meadow Road.

The Cromwell property would also contain a 4-acre site that Elm Street hopes the county would consider for a regional library and possibly a senior center.

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Over 55 ... "The project would have a mix of detached single-family houses, attached villas, and multi-family buildings on about 160 acres" Right ... We have seen this BS time and time again. Deed the land to be sold to over 55 ONLY for the first, say, 10 sales or so of the same property.


Let the County Council know what you think about this proposal. They will decide it.


600 unit on 160 acres. .26 per unit. Bait & switch. This occurred with the Jefferson property, now Ryan community. Currently single family with existing homes crammed together. I’m anticipating Ryan will try to apply County to have property rezoned for townhome.


The old bait and switch.

Any property approved to be for senior living, then wanting to become and any age fits all living, should have to pay a non-refundable $1 million application fee for their request to make a change. This way, if the developer is strategizing a bait a switch, they will think twice


Have the County put a restriction on the land, so it cannot be sold except to someone over 55.


This is the same group that got Landsdale through as Age restricted and then came back two years later to say the famous " the market has changed" to build what they really desired.




Our retirement plans: Step 1. Sell our overvalued house. Step 2. Move the hell out of Maryland. Why do these developers think there's a market for age-in-place housing? Answer: They don't. It's bait-and-switch. Always.


Where do you plan to go? Florida is not so great, how about N.Carolina?


With climate change (and warming temps hear on the east coast) I'd go to WV or PA. Both significantly cheaper than MD. In PA, none of my retirement income would be taxed by the state. Yes they have high property taxes, but they are still lower than MD because property values are generally lower. My parents retired to NC and for me, it's too hot down there except in the winter.


Sure, PA may be cheap but, well, it's PA.


It’s not cheaper. Many Marylanders move there with that mindset. It’s all relative. Annual state inspections. School tax. This tax. That tax. It’s all relative. PA is in my blood.

The Grape of Wrath

Age restricted? I thought age discrimination was illegal. But if not it's a great idea. We need many developments where no one over 50 is allowed. Let's build it!


There are age restrictions all over the place - for voting, drinking, smoking, being president,... Leisure World in Montgomery County is 55+.


I believe this particular age restriction provides an exemption from the impact fee that provides funds for schools. No kids, no impact on school population.

I’ve always wondered if the numbers work on a countywide basis. It is possible that we have the same number of kids but they wind up more concentrated in other housing.


You cannot discriminate against someone over 40 because of their age.


According to....?


Federal government. Over 40 is one of the protected groups you can't discriminate against for most jobs.


Housing isn’t a job.

“While age is not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, the law does prevent discrimination based on familial status. In this case, familial status refers to households which include pregnant women or children under the age of 18. However, the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) provides exemptions to familial status if a community meets either of the following conditions:

All of the occupants of the community are over the age of 62.
At least 80 percent of the occupied units include at least one resident who is verified to be over the age of 55, and the community follows a policy that demonstrates an intent to provide housing for those aged 55 or older.
Once a community meets the HOPA requirements, they are free to create their own rules for how they will define their age restriction, as long as they are in compliance with state laws. The community can make the age-restriction more strict than the HOPA requirement, such as stating that all of the residents must be over 55 or that 80 percent of the households must include a resident aged 60 or older.”


Public, FCPS made a general statement that he thought age discrimination was illegal and I was pointing out that only a certain age group is protected from discrimination You are correct in that I didn't further clarify it was for the workplace, but to my knowledge, that is the only place you can't discriminate because of age. Other discrimination happens all the time (e.g., senior discounts), discrimination based on sex (e.g., happy hour prices for women but not men), discrimination based on family status (companies pay more benefits (i.e., health insurance, time off for having children, etc.) for those with families rather than the same dollar value per employee). So discrimination is allowed in many cases.


Maybe you are not supposed to, but employers do it all the time.


Wahoo! The sea of rooftops grows! Oh so pretty. Plein air artists will be overjoyed to create a stunning masterpiece. Let's hope the county isn't pulling another bait and switch with the 55 and older community on the surface and then the rug gets pulled out and low and behold another mass community goes in. Follow your nose $$$$.


You gotta buy stock in Delauter. Their trucks are all over Linganore.

I REALLY wish FNP would do an article on this. County commissioner rubber stamps every piece of development, rezoning legislation...etc. County commissioner now making money hand over fists on large development projects that he voted on. Sounds like a conflict of interest to me.


Remember *’s slogan “Govern like a taxpayer— today”? He was nothing if not honest. He didn’t say “tomorrow”.



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