Concerned about development of Eva Mar Farm [Letter]

It was with great interest that I read the recent Aegis article on the history of the Eva Mar farmland.

It's amazing to me that this beautiful piece of farmland could have possibly been preserved as farmland or developed as a Harford County park for all residents to enjoy. Even though I am a relatively new resident of Harford County it is apparent to me that the county government motives are other than that of the welfare of its citizens. Instead, overdevelopment of Bel Air appears to be their goal.

For example, within a few mile radius of the Eva Mar property, not counting Eva Mar itself, there are no less than five high density housing developments, with another one under way. I am an advocate of economic and residential development in our county, providing it is implemented in intelligent, balanced and harmonious way. Such as the approach described by the 2012 Master Plan and Land Use Plan of Harford County. However, it appears that our government officials have chosen to ignore this plan. Their support of high density development on the Eva Mar farm is another example of the council's willingness to rubber stamp developers wishes rather than to follow plan guidelines. How will the county provide the needed money and infrastructure improvements to support such density and alleviate traffic on Routes 543 and 22? More lights and more taxes?  It is clear that the Harford County Council is not considering the future, and will continue on this path unless county residents take an active role in challenging these efforts. If not, Harford County residents, brace yourself for more traffic, pollution, taxes and, of course, less open space.

Eugene Walenczyk

Bel Air

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