Construction on new housing developments, specifically the Villages at Turf Valley, is expected to start as early as this year, Mangione said.

"In anticipation of that, we are building a tremendous amount of infrastructure right now," Mangione said.

Mangione called Resort Road the "spine road of the entire community," and said its expected completion in 2014 will come before any new residences — including the planned Vantage Condominiums at Turf Valley, also expected in 2014 — are opened east of Turf Valley Road.

"Obviously as more houses are built, more traffic will be on Turf Valley Road, but that will be offset by Resort Road," Mangione said.


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'It's a devastation'

Residents said they take little comfort in that fact, saying their street will be a major artery for traffic to the hundreds of homes planned east of the intersection with Resort Road, which will remain the single point of access for those homes.

"I'm always for development, growth," said Hollys Allen, a 21-year resident of Turf Valley Road. "But it's a devastation what they've done here to our quaint little neighborhood."

According to Kimberley Flowers, deputy director of the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, Mangione is responsible for building all of the public roads in Turf Valley, in accordance with county regulations.

Still, the county has been working with the developer to ensure the planned developments have sufficient emergency access.

While the intersection of Turf Valley Road and Resort Road will remain the only point of vehicular access to homes east of the intersection, Mangione said his company is building another emergency road north of Resort Road that will provide access to emergency vehicles.

Golf cart paths that are part of the golf course running throughout the community will also be widened to allow for use by emergency vehicles, Flowers said.

Flowers said the design is not uncommon, and cited the Blue Stream development in Elkridge, which has one point of access and is designed to accommodate 1,330 residential units and 540,000 square feet of commercial space, as being similar to the development in Turf Valley.

Flowers said Mangione was not required to obtain any special waivers or exceptions to take the approach it has.

But Norman said Mangione has repeatedly been given wide latitude in making its development plans, and hasn't been held to the same standards as other developers.

He said Club Road, a private road serving the Turf Valley Country Club and connecting Turf Valley Road to Resort Road, should be made public. In addition, he said, Mangione should be required to either connect Resort Road east to Bethany Lane or turn it into a loop that has two connections to Turf Valley Road.

Flowers said there are no plans for Club Road to become public, that county recreation and parks land prevents a connection to Bethany Lane, and that a loop design for Resort Road east of Turf Valley Road is not considered necessary.

She said there are no plans to widen or add sidewalks to Turf Valley Road, though such changes were talked about years ago.

Mangione said that while some residents would like to see more access points, such as a connection to Bethany Lane, other residents like the closed-off nature of Resort Road's east end. A connection to Bethany Lane would only cause more through traffic, he said.

"It's not meant to be a through-traffic place. It's meant to have more control," Mangione said. "I see the east side of Turf Valley Road as one big, safe cul-de-sac, in terms of what people like cul-de-sacs for.

"People may say, 'That's horrible. I've never seen a cul-de-sac like that,' but to me it's a good thing."