By Lauren Loricchio, email@example.com
2:05 PM EDT, April 11, 2014
A plan to bring 22 single-family homes to North Rolling Road was approved by Baltimore County during a Thursday morning Development Plan Hearing in Towson.
Final approval will be determined by a Baltimore County judge by April 20.
"I have no objections," said Fran Maczis, who lives on Rolling Glen Road near where the new development is planned to be built. "Considering what could go in there, I'm content."
Maczis said she had some initial concerns about increased traffic in the area due to the development. But the developer addressed the issue and she believes it's going to be a "very nice development."
The plan's entrance to the neighborhood on Rolling Glen Road has been moved to Rolling Road.
The development, called Touchard Meadows, will consist of units ranging from the mid-$400,000's to mid-$500,000's, said Conor Gilligan, vice president of Craftsmen Developers.
The site is across the street from Western Hills Park. It will be zoned for Woodbridge Elementary School, which is only a short distance away, Southwest Academy Middle School and Woodlawn High School, according to Baltimore County records.
Because all three schools are under capacity, the development won't overwhelm school enrollment, said Kristy Bischoff, an engineer for Daft McCune Walker, a land development consulting company.
"We are very excited to have this project moving forward, since this process originally started back in January 2011," Gilligan said in an email.
There are currently three homes on the property, located at Rolling Glen Road and Rolling Road, Bischoff said during a testimony.
Two will be sold, while one that is in disrepair will be demolished, Bischoff said.
"I would anticipate our onsite grading activities to start by the end of 2014," Gilligan said. "The physical development of the site should take no more than six months to complete."
The builder of the homes hasn't been decided yet. However, a model home is expected to be completed for the spring 2015 selling season, Gilligan said.
"Catonsville is a desireable place, to live which translates to having a higher demand for a new home community," Gilligan said.
They anticipate to sell all 22 new homes in one year based upon current market absorption, Gilligan said.
Gilligan would not comment on the cost of the project.