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Plumtree apartment zoning hearing postponed

A zoning appeal hearing scheduled for Wednesday night on two cases related to a plan to develop 198 apartments on a tract near the proposed Plumtree Walmart site south of Bel Air has been postponed at the request of the property owner.

The postponement request from Evergreen Business Trust, owner of the 17-acre property at the southwest corner of Route 24 and Plumtree Road, was received Aug. 20, according to Dottie Smith of the county council zoning office. Smith said the two appeals requests haven't been withdrawn and the cases can be restarted by the applicant at any time.

Robert Lynch, Evergreen's lawyer, said the contract purchaser of the property, Peak Management LLC of Timonium, and Evergreen decided to "tweak" the site plan before proceeding with a special exception request. The development plan also involves extending Tollgate Road through the property from Plumtree Road to Bel Air South Parkway, thus making Tollgate a continuous thoroughfare from Route 1 in Bel Air to Route 924 in Abingdon, Lynch noted.

Lynch also noted that Evergreen secured the necessary zoning from the county to build the 198 apartments 20 years ago. The appeals cases are so the developer can configure buildings and utilities in a more contemporary layout and design, he said.

Evergreen Business Trust and the related Haron Dahan Foundation also own the 33 acres at Route 924 and Plumtree Road where Walmart wants to build a 185,000 square foot superstore. That property was rezoned by the county from residential to commercial during the period 2005-09.

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