Urbana's future is developing with the approval Wednesday of plans for 115 houses and a Starbucks store.
A site plan for 111 houses in the next section of the Villages of Urbana met with the Frederick County Planning Commission's approval. It was one of seven plans that the commission approved Wednesday, five in the Urbana area.
The Villages of Urbana section known as M1-F was part of the 3,500-home development plan approved in 1993. This section is on 14 acres surrounded by Worthington Boulevard, Sugarloaf Parkway and Urbana Pike.
A 40-foot-deep stormwater management pond will serve more than just the 111 houses that form a semicircle around it. The section will have 10 single-family houses, 83 townhouses and 18 condominiums.
The historic Dudderar house, circa 1850, will be preserved on the site, said Tom Natelli, of Monocacy Land Co.
County staff gave the plan a positive recommendation with the condition that the Monocacy Land Co. must design adequate emergency access to all the condominiums. The planning commission agreed.
A group of four townhouses is planned on an acre next to and south of that project. The commission approved the plan for the four townhouses on 1.14 acres, zoned village commercial.
As of now, the townhouses are proposed for residential use but could be used for commercial later, said Denis Superczynski, county planner.
The plan for a 2,400-square-foot Starbucks on a half acre also had the commission's approval. Monocacy Land will own the half-acre site at Sugarloaf Parkway and Urbana Pike.
The coffee shop will sit across the street from the four townhouses. Monocacy Land, Starbucks and staff worked to design a store that fits the neighborhood's style, Superczynski said.
A 8-acre island of undeveloped land surrounded by Spring Ridge received plan approval for 38 townhouses. The road to Newport Ridge is planned to be a connection between the dead ends of Newport Drive East and Newport Drive West.
Commissioners accepted a recommendation from a resident and Eric Soter, county planning director, to install some kind of traffic calming measures on Newport Drive. Soter said the road is wider than necessary, and suggested narrowing it to discourage speeding.
"It's overbuilt," Soter said. "I think maybe you could land a jet."
Newport Ridge will pay a mitigation fee per unit to contribute toward school construction because the planned houses could exceed current school capacity.
n A community center and pool for the Linton subdivision at Ballenger Creek Pike and Elmer Derr Road received approval. The development's 763 houses are under construction.
The pool capacity is 345, and the community center can hold 146. The plan meets parking requirements with a total of 98 spaces proposed, but Commissioner Robert Lawrence was concerned that parking would spill out onto Ballenger Creek Pike.
"I think it's woefully under-parked," Lawrence said.
The builder's representative, Andrew DiPasquale, said the plan included the minimum number of parking spaces to help discourage driving.
"I certainly believe if you build the spaces they will drive," DiPasquale said.
Commissioners recommended signs to discourage parking on Ballenger Creek Pike and on Alan Linton Boulevard.
A cluster of 45 houses on 45 acres off Winmoor Drive near Prices Distillery Road and the Windsor Knolls subdivision received approval, on the condition that anyone who purchases one of the four properties that share a common driveway must be notified about their common responsibility to maintain the driveway access.
Three wells will not only be sufficient to serve the 45 new houses, but also will offer a backup supply to the Windsor Knolls homes, which have in the past had water shortages, staff said.
The Inn at Springfield Manor on Auburn Road near Thurmont received approval to operate as a country inn and banquet facility. The inn agreed to pay for its share of road improvements, depending on traffic generated by the operation.