Two large residential developments in eastern Frederick County will be able to continue with their later phases, after getting reapproval for their plans from the Frederick County Planning Commission.

The commission unanimously approved new preliminary and site plans for the Hamptons West development along Gas House Pike in the Linganore area, allowing applicant Oakdale Investments to reduce the minimum lot widths for single-family houses on several streets from 58 feet to 50 feet, among other changes.

Shrinking the lot size allows the developer to leave some trees intact that would otherwise have to be removed, said Jason Wiley of Elm Street Development, which is developing several communities in the Linganore area.

The Hamptons West plan, first approved in 2016, calls for 217 single-family houses and 189 town houses on the project’s 200 acres. The preliminary plan expired in August.

The community will be home to Blue Heron Elementary School, scheduled to open in 2021, and a new county fire station. A new public library is planned for the nearby Linganore Town Center.

Cedonia Evans, who lives near where the new homes will go, described the work as “pretty hideous” and said it’s displaced a lot of deer and other wildlife.

She said her family had planned to move out of the neighborhood, but those plans are on hold.

Commissioner Joel Rensberger said he understands how Evans feels, but having people live closer together is one way developers can handle the demand for housing in a growing county while saving as much forest and open land as possible.

The commission also voted unanimously to approve a new preliminary plan for Tallyn Ridge, a 441-home community near Reichs Ford and Pine Bluff roads.

The Tallyn Ridge plan calls for 241 single-family houses and 200 town houses on 146 acres. So far, 151 single-family lots and 200 town house lots have been recorded, according to a county planning document.

Although the project was approved in 2014, the preliminary plan, needed for the developer to continue recording lots, expired in September, said Cody Shaw, a principal planner for the county.

The plan couldn’t simply be extended because county regulations allow extensions only in cases where a developer has “started construction of improvements which will be substantially affected by changes in applicable laws and regulations,” according to the county report.

Since no laws or rules had been changed, the plan had to be reapproved, Shaw said.

The county’s planning staff had no objection to reapproving the plan.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(10) comments

des21

Steve McKay for County Exec in 2022 (is that right? Jan can't run again in our wisdom she's term-limited out) and Matt for County Council District 2!!!

matts853

🤔

KellyAlzan

Welcome more democrats to Frederick County!

jerseygrl42

3 articles regarding more housing.. approx. 1000 new units in an already over-loaded infra-structure, shameful and all about the MONEY as always

lobo4109

WOW - a new school, a new fire house, and a new library - where is the money coming from for all of this - we do not have enough firefighters for the fire houses we have now - but we do have one, (1) zoning inspector. With a county this large is that all we can afford? One inspector?

matts853

We don’t have a housing a shortage on this county. There are other places people can live. Of course if you build it they will come, but at what cost? We know that increasing the tax base doesn’t fully cover the cost of development, as so many developers and past county officials tried to have us believe. So what we really need to improve quality of life and boost property values in this county is NOT more housing, but more professional jobs. We are on a trajectory for overgrowth, thanks to Blaine and planning commissioners that don’t have the backbone to say No to developers.

matts853

This is gross. Blaine abused his power to allow this developer to destroy high quality forest. I don’t but this save the trees argument at all, it’s too little too late for that. The roads can’t handle the traffic and of course it adds to school overcrowding. And could someone explain to me why we always have to be searching for ways to “grow”?

Learch

Looks to me that they took all the trees down

mmfr55

They left 2

richardlyons

Well of course they did.

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