UPDATE: The hearings scheduled for November 18 and 22, 2021 have been postponed.
BACKGROUND: Greenspring Manor is a 60-home development planned by Atapco Properties for 2310 West Joppa Road, next to Greenspring Station on the Lankford property. Impact is anticipated on neighborhoods including Heatherfield, Meadows, and Seminary Ridge.
The property is zoned for the intended use. VPC is opposing the development because of traffic, sewer, and potential environmental issues.
The Falls Road/Joppa Road intersection is failing. Based on that, the county is precluded from allowing the development. Atapco has shown plans to improve the intersection. It claims that even with increased traffic resulting from the development, the intersection would no longer be rated F. It is unclear what effect the improvements will have on two other intersections, Falls/Greenspring Valley and Falls/West Seminary.
Atapco’s plans show Mays Chapel Road to be blocked off by removable bollards. It is unclear if or for how long that road would remain blocked. Keeping it blocked would increase traffic for some neighborhoods and decrease it for others.
Atapco also has plans to replace two failing sections of sewer, upgrading from 8” lines to 12” lines. Six more sections of sewer were supposed to be replaced several years ago. It is not clear if and when, or by whom, those sections will be replaced and upgraded.
VPC has been following the county’s hearings on this development and is preparing to challenge decisions made that violate established development standards.
Make a tax-deductible contribution to VPC to help offset expenses related to this special project. VPC has retained an attorney and will engage expert witnesses as appropriate. Please send a check to VPC, PO Box 5402, Towson, MD 21285 and add Greenspring Station in the memo line. Online contributions can also be made by clicking: https://www.thevpc.org/donate/special-project-donation/.