The first three days of hearings before the Administrative Law Judge were held in September. Testimony from County employees was heard regarding traffic and sewer issues. Further hearings were held October 27 and 28, and November 1, during which the developer finished presenting its case. Protestants opened their case with testimony from community members regarding the impact of traffic on the adjoining neighborhoods and other concerns. As of the first week of November, the County is planning to schedule two more days of testimony, likely in November, so that all evidence can be presented.
The Valleys Planning Council is assisting several neighborhoods near the proposed development to present information showing why the site is not appropriate for 60 additional homes. More than 150 residents and other concerned parties have signed our petition opposing this development; this petition will be presented as evidence of community sentiment.
Greenspring Manor is a 61-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.