Quirk said he introduced legislation revoking the project before the May 2 Council meeting because he wanted council members to respect "councilmanic courtesy," in which council members defer to their colleagues on land use issues in their districts, and "because I wanted to avoid outside politics in what should be a strictly merit-based decision.
"We need to be very careful with stepping in other people's districts," said Quirk, who said each representative has the most knowledge about the needs and projects in their local area.
"And they're also held directly responsible by the voters," he said.
Quirk said he believes the proposed time limits will be detrimental to the PUD process and that a new council member should have at least 180 days to revoke a project.
"That gives plenty of time for a new council member to get up and running," he said. "Plus, you also want to give the developer time to negotiate or see if there's a reasonable solution."
Quirk said Olszewski's bill "further erodes public confidence in PUDs" and said that if the council wants to increase the integrity of the developmental process, it should be reworked so that departmental reports and community input are available before, rather than after, the council gives its approval.
"Only under these circumstances can the council person make an informed decision about the integrity of a project and allow the process to run its course with the confidence that the product will meet a common standard of excellence," he said.
Among his concerns about the project, Quirk cited its location next to environmentally sensitive parkland and a lack of sidewalks and open space in the area.
"This is not an area where people can live, walk, shop and play," he said.
The homes are being built next to a parking lot in an area that has "serious stormwater issues," steep slope topography and is close to the urban rural demarcation line (URDL).
Quirk said he is also concerned by the intersection of Frederick and Thistle Road.
"It's one of the most dangerous turns in all of my district," he said.
At a March 30 community input meeting, Coroneos said his intention was to beautify the land his family has owned for 50 years.
Coroneos could not be reached for comment last week because he out of the country.
A group of about 90 people who attended the community meeting gave mixed reactions about the proposal.
Catonsville resident Paul Schafer, who favors the project, said he would like to see council members reinstate the PUD.
"I thought it was a great opportunity for us to add some new blood to the community," he said.
"I wouldn't want to see a strip mall or something put in there," he said. "I wouldn't want to see it developed the way it was initially zoned. I don't think that would add a lot to the community."
The property is zoned "business major," which would allow for large-scale commercial development, according to the county's website.
Though he does not oppose council member's revoking PUDs, Schafer said he would have liked an additional community meeting to be scheduled prior to that decision.
"He (council member) shouldn't just do that on his own," he said. "The whole community should have the opportunity to speak about that."
Art Jacoby, who lives directly across from the proposed development on Frederick Road, shared Quirk's concerns about environmental issues and the safety of additional vehicles using an already tight intersection
The residences would face a parking lot where there currently are a couple dozen parking pylons, he said.
"I really question the ability of the property owner to sell or rent those units given the view of the parking lot and the pylons," he said.
"I am hoping that they will not build residential units there," he said.