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Frederick County Council members decided a major roadway should be completed before construction begins.

Frederick County Council members decided a major roadway should be completed before construction begins on an age-restricted development that could add up to 600 homes in the Lake Linganore area.

Council members voted 6-1 Tuesday to require Lake Linganore Boulevard, which would start from Meadow Road from the west, loop around Oakdale Elementary School and connect to the Linganore Town Center, to be completely finished before a plat of land is rezoned for the development. Council Vice President Michael Blue (R) was the lone dissenting vote.

The rezoning would change just over 160 acres from agricultural land to a planned unit development (PUD), along with a possible site for a public library.

Councilman Jerry Donald (D) was initially not going to support the rezoning, but the Lake Linganore Boulevard condition changed his mind.

“There’s not a single person who lives within 10 miles of that area that doesn’t want to see that road [Lake Linganore Boulevard] entirely completed before other people keep dumping on it,” Donald said of the possibility of developer Elm Street Communities appealing the condition. “So why don’t we go for what we want and see what happens?”

Council members also expressed concern that part of Lake Linganore Boulevard would have to go through land owned by the Board of Education, which could create complications.

Councilman Phil Dacey (R) said he supported pursuing eminent domain to build the roadway, if necessary.

“That’s what eminent domain was created for ... I know it’s been expanded for economic development and other things, but it’s a road that we need,” Dacey said. “So I don’t have any problems with saying I’d be in favor of utilizing eminent domain.”

Councilman Steve McKay (R) said it would be a “horrible Plan B” to use eminent domain if the Board of Education wasn’t willing to work with the developer or county.

The council also approved conditions stating the developer must allow staff to tour the site of the development, if historical items, burial grounds or similar sites are found, before any land grading occurs.

They will continue their discussion of possible conditions on the development and possibly vote on the rezoning next Tuesday.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(33) comments

KellyAlzan

FNP STAFF : TROLL ALERT

See 1:17 pm post from CD Reid from today

C.D.Reid

Maybe you should just order the comments to be shutdown, Plumbum. [lol]

shiftless88

If you have kids then you cannot complain about growth. Just a thought.

LAR1

👍🏻 People with kids should be taxed more, not less.

C.D.Reid

I agree, LAR1. And people without kids should not have to pay school taxes, either.

bosco

Elect Harris-Biden, and their socialist manifesto and everything will be free for everybody, including illegal aliens (although technically they won't be illegal since there will be open borders and no ICE). They'll raise 4 trillion in taxes to pay for it. Get ready to bend over.

[ninja]

KellyAlzan

Taxes are going to be raised just to recover from the mess that DT has made with making the biggest deficit

shiftless88

Wow, bosco; you've gone full tin-hat!!

jloo

All of the property owners when you were a kid paid school taxes. Right?

jloo

When you were a kid, were your parents taxed more? Enough said.

shiftless88

I think education is important so I am fine paying taxes for education. I am not happy with people getting income tax deductions for each child.

matts853

Wait, a Republican - Phil Dacey - advocating for use of eminent domain? Nah, can’t be. But is it really eminent domain for the county to take its own land (FCPS land). Sounds weird. But I know one thing: if the land needed for the road was private property Dacey would have a different position. Double standard.

TomWheatley

A few thoughts from having lived on Clopper Road in Germantown and moved out before Great Seneca Highway was finished out to connect Clopper Road to Route 28. Unless this new road is run thru Board of Education property or other Government owned land like Seneca State Park, all it will do is open up a lot of land that was previously unreachable.

Last time I checked, the Board of Education is not independent from the County Council nor the taxpayers.

KellyAlzan

Bring back Lenny Thompson

mrnatural1

[thumbup][thumbup] Kelly!

gabrielshorn2013

So what's next, draining the lake itself, building yet another development, and calling it "Linganore Valley Estates"? The once-beautiful and scenic area now looks like Germantown. Pump the brakes on further development of that area.

C.D.Reid

Yep. And Urbana looks just as bad, if not worse. What happened to that quaint little village I used to love when we went to dinner at the Peter Pan?

gabrielshorn2013

Never had the opportunity to go to the Peter Pan, CD. However, i did go to the Turning Point Inn, which I guess has now been torn down and bulldozed over. Some might call that progress I guess...

C.D.Reid

The Peter Pan was great, gabe, I remember going there as far back as '61, '62. It had a beautiful fountain outside and great food inside; I especially loved the butterfly shrimp.

mrnatural1

"Linganore Valley Estates" -- good one Gabriel!

That does seem to be the goal -- pack every square foot of open space with housing.

KellyAlzan

All those horrible crappy built houses that are now along 144 are considered Lake Linganore. Out of control.

Lemmy

They’ve completely destroyed the area and now we are stuck with more traffic, congestion and ultimately more crime.

public-redux

Who is “they”?

mikec

Blaine, kirby, developers, LLA...etc.

public-redux

Is that what Lemmy thinks?

C.D.Reid

Public, "they" is obviously the former commissioners who changed the zoning for that area years ago, and the developers who have been trashing it ever since. Who else could it be (besides the people who keep giving the developers business by buying their houses?)

public-redux

Is that what Lemmy thinks?

C.D.Reid

Obviously, public.

LJF0929

Oh my gosh does Lake Linganore really need ANY MORE homes? That place is already overcrowded and the natural resources there are almost non-existent. Add to it - the roads. I'm sure the developers will win again and walk away with their millions!

mikec

So true. Linganore has gone downhill. It used to be a neighborhood that embraced its natural surroundings. Now everything gets bulldozed over for Germantown-style development.

Lemmy

Bingo - another step towards MoCo.

walter3rd

So can we get a Top Golf too?

ma23464

Lmao. “Embraced it’s natural surroundings.” Lake Linganore was nothing but a ploy for a developer to build cheap homes on worthless land without being held accountable. It did not work though. The first several developers failed.

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