By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun
7:59 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
The Baltimore County Board of Appeals has approved a plan for a 36-unit waterfront condominium on the southeast side in Bowleys Quarters, reversing a hearing officer's ruling issued last year.
The board voted 2-1 to approve the Galloway Creek planned unit development (PUD), first proposed by marina owner Milton A. Rehbein in 2006, officially filed in 2007 and tied up in appeals between the courts and county agencies ever since.
It appears the dispute will continue, as the chief opponents intend to appeal this most recent decision to the Circuit Court.
"We did not expect this at all," Allen Robertson, of the Bowleys Quarters Community Association, said of the reversal of the opinion issued by an administrative law judge in November. He said the association, which has been fighting the project for years, intends to appeal the decision.
Lawrence E. Schmidt, the lawyer who represented Rehbein before the board, said the panel rejected the previous ruling's finding that the project was inconsistent with the master plan, a community plan and a law that specifies where PUDs are allowed in Bowleys Quarters.
"I have a feeling it may not be over, but we'll see," Schmidt said.
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