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Reviews planned Wednesday for Winters Run G.C. houses

Plans to subdivide a portion of Winters Run Golf course for a cluster of five houses off Tollgate Road in Bel Air will be reviewed by the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday morning.

The committee, also called DAC, meets at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the county office building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The session is open to the public and comments will be received.

Also to be reviewed is a plan to subdivide 75 acres into two lots in Perryman, located southeast of Chelsea Road and west of the Aberdeen Proving Ground perimeter. The owner is listed as XB Investments XI LLC at Perryman.

Tollgate Road houses

The five houses planned off Tollgate Road would be built on almost 12 acres to be subdivided from the Winters Run Golf Course. The project developer is the golf course and Gemcraft Homes.

The project did not meet the threshold for holding a community input meeting prior to DAC review.

The lots would be located along the entrance road to the golf course and behind the eighth and ninth holes. They will be served by wells and septic systems.

The site to be subdivided and developed is occupied by a red barn and the historic Joesting-Gorsuch House, which was built during colonial times.

In a recent interview, the president of the golf course said the buildings will be razed to make way for the houses, once the county approves the plan. The golf course is selling the land to pay off debt and make capital improvements to the course, he said.

Perryman subdivsion

Both lots to be subdivided in Perryman have existing buildings on them, according to Shane Grimm, chief of board of appeals and site plan review for the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning.

Grimm said in an email that the purpose of the subdivision is to allow each building to be on its own separate lot.

A site plan submitted to the county shows one lot would 37.7 acres. The existing 655,754 square feet building is occupied by Sephora, which uses the building to distribute its cosmetics and personal care products. The lot is accessed from Woodley Road via Chelsea Road.

The second lot would be 34.4 acres. The 691,954 square foot building is occupied by Kenco Logistics, which uses it to distribute consumer products. The lot is accessed by a private road to the southern end of the property from Chelsea Road.

There is a third building west of the other two that fronts on Chelsea Road. That 672,000 square foot building is occupied by Bob's Discount Furniture, which uses it to distribute to its retail showrooms.

All three buildings are in a development called the Mid-Atlantic Distribution Center.

The subdivision plan being reviewed Wednesday is on property that is south of a 245-acre tract, running from near Route 715 to Michaelsville Road between Amtrak and the APG perimeter, where two buildings occupying more than 1 million square feet each have been proposed.

Developer MRP industrial of Baltimore conducted a public input meeting on that project, called Eastgate at Perryman, in late February that drew considerable opposition from people living in the Perryman area, who expressed concerns about increased traffic on Perryman and Chelsea roads and the impact to groundwater wells in the area, including a group of wells off Michaelsville Road that Harford County uses as a back-up supply.

Since the input meeting, the MRP project has not advanced to the DAC review stage. At the time of the meeting, however, a principal with the developer said it would be a build to suit project and the firm had no intention of erected either building on a speculative basis.

This article has been updated to reflect a correction that the Perryman review involves only the subdivision of a lot that contains two buildings into two separate lots.

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