He said building in the area makes perfect sense.

"It's in the heart of the development envelope, it's just outside the Town of Bel Air, it's served by water and sewer," he said. "We expected at some point in time it would be redeveloped."

Regis Burke, of James Street, said he is not against development, but is concerned about property values.

"We have six lots already vacant and kind of an eyesore," he said, adding this new project would be "roughly doubling the size of the community."


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"We're talking about 20, 30 more cars passing children every day on a very narrow road," he said.

Ben Wible, also of James Street, said he just moved there in May and was told at the time the county did not have any new developments planned.

"One of the most desirable aspects of this community is it's private and secluded. If there were development, I could see maybe a cul-de-sac with maybe three houses to allow school bus to access the community, trash trucks come in," he said. "I just really don't see the value of the development at this time."

Patricia Martin, of Steed Lane in Vale Meadows, said her property backs up to the area that would be developed.

"I wouldn't want to see them come in with bulldozers and just clear-cut the place," she said. "We were under the impression that there are wetlands back there and they would need to be protected. Whenever they develop Vale Meadows, there's no way they're ever getting an ambulance or fire truck down there."

Other projects reviewed at the DAC meeting, with no public comments, were:

- A plan to convert a residence at 3714 Woodsdale Road in Abingdon to a personal care boarding home.

- A plan to build a 12,480-square-foot Dollar General store at Joppa Station, at Route 40 and Joppa Road.

- A plan to build an 8,553-square-foot Firestone auto care building at Hickory Crossing on Route 23. The building would have 10 service bay doors and 35 parking spaces.

- A plan to build a 7,200-square-foot auto repair shop on 5.14 acres on Dooley Road, west of Pylesville Road.