A standing-room-only crowd showed up Monday night at the Urbana Regional Library for a meeting with Monrovia Town Center developer Roy Stanley.
The long-awaited meeting with Stanley was scheduled after the Frederick County Commissioners suggested that he sit down with the public to discuss his plans for the development.
Noel Manalo, an attorney for Stanley, said Monday night’s meeting was not a requirement, but county commissioners thought it was a good idea before they head into another round of hearings.
On Jan. 16, the commissioners approved a rezoning measure allowing a scaled-back version of the Monrovia Town Center to advance. The proposed development was downsized from 1,510 homes to 1,250 homes. Of the 1,250 dwellings, half would be slated for residents older than 55.
The fate of Md. 75 and improvements are still unclear, even though residents of Monrovia are deeply concerned about overdevelopment of the area along Md. 75.
After the first round of hearings, multifamily or two-over-two dwelling types will not be permitted. The homes will be 70 percent single-family detached houses and 30 percent single-family attached/townhouses, and there will be no access to Weller Road from the development, including the park area and high school site.
Questions regarding road improvements dominated Monday night’s meeting, where Stanley shared his point of view about the proposal.
“I do a lot of developments, and if my backyard was zoned for this, I would do it,” Stanley explained after several residents asked if he would like it if a large development were built in his neighborhood.
Stan Mordensky, of Monrovia, quickly reminded Stanley of his loyalty to farming.
“I was trying to get Roy to rethink,” Mordensky said. “He prides himself on being a farmer, and this is prime farmland. We would be very happy if the property was sold to a young farmer to farm.”
Mordensky said he felt his questions went unanswered. Dave Honchalk, another Monrovia resident, felt the same way. Honchalk thinks communities in the southern parts of the county are unfairly targeted, even though the infrastructure for new developments does not exist.
“Quite honestly, I don’t know you can plan something this massive without saying this is what it’s going to be,” Honchalk said in an interview.
Several modifications have been made since the plan was introduced, and residents such as Amy Reyes, of Monrovia, wanted to know if the community should expect further changes. She pointed out the age-restriction changes that have been made since the plan’s inception.
“I can’t guarantee what is going to happen in the future, but I can guarantee that we don’t want to go through this process again,” Stanley told Reyes.
The Frederick County Planning Commission has scheduled public hearings on the Monrovia Town Center Planned Unit Development rezoning request revisions and the development rights and responsibilities agreement at 6 p.m. on March 19, 20, and 26 at Winchester Hall.
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