From Bill Wehland:
Plumtree Road and Route 24
Board of Appeals Case No. 5781
After three hearing dates in February, the Zoning Hearing Examiner for Harford County on July 8, 2013 recommended that the Applicant’s Special Development Request to permit a Planned Residential Development for the construction of 198 apartment units at the south corner of Plumtree Road and Route 24 be approved. This decision was in direct opposition to the Harford County Planning and Zoning Department Staff Report recommending that the Special Development Request be denied and the concerns of citizens who were opposed to this development.
This matter is not just about the building of these apartments in an already over developed area but the combined traffic with other proposed developments in the confined area that includes the proposed Walmart and MedStar Health Care Center at 924 and Plumtree Road, and the 300 plus homes at Magness Overlook behind the new Richardson’s Legacy of 42 homes. Evergreen Business Trust, also known as the Haron Dahan Foundation, is the owner of the land for the apartment site and the land for the Walmart site.
The impact on traffic, safety and quality of life are the primary concerns in addition to the possible closing of the Plumtree intersection with Route 24 when Tollgate Road is extended through the proposed department complex. Tollgate Road from Route 1 to I-95 will become the next 924 nightmare and connectivity from all the homes and other intersections to Tollgate will become a major traffic and safety issue.
An appeal to the above decision has been made and there is now a public hearing before the County Council/Board of Appeals for the purpose of Final Argument based upon the evidence in the record. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 6:30 PM. (Refer to the attached Notice Of Final Argument Before the Board of Appeals)
After the final arguments are heard from the parties requesting the hearing the final decision will rest with the County Council members. They will not make a final decision that evening.