Plan for townhouses near Red Pump Elementary subject of community input meeting March 10

A plan to build up to 40 townhouses on a narrow tract near Red Pump Elementary School in Bel Air will be the subject of a community input meeting Monday evening, March 10, at the Fallston library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed development, called Red Pump Crescent, will be on 9.3 acres off the 400 block of Red Pump Road, between the Marywood community and a new single-family home community already under development called Blake's Legacy.

The Red Pump Crescent plans were first proposed in July 2012 and a community input meeting was scheduled; however, it was not clear Thursday if the meeting was ever held.

Moe Davenport, chief of the development review section of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning, explained the developer would have had a year from the first meeting to submit the plan for a county development advisory committee review. Otherwise, a new community input meeting would be necessary.

Davenport recalled the site had past issues regarding access, easements and what would eventually be built there. He said housing for the elderly was once being considered for the site, with access off Bernadette Drive on the north side of the property.

According to plans posted on the county website, access for Red Pump Crescent will be from Red Pump Road. An interior road will end in a cul-de-sac with townhouse groups built around the cul-de-sac and at points along the interior road. The site is zoned R2 for medium density residential.

The plan shows four townhouse groups with four units in each placed around the cul-de-sac and six other groups, also with four units each, placed along the interior road. One of the latter groups would be next to Red Pump Road.

The plan continues to list DeChairo Properties of Towson as developer. Nick Linehan, of Frederick Ward Associates, the project's engineer, said he did not how much, if any, the plan may have changed since the one shown in 2012, because he wasn't involved then.

The 2012 plan included razing an existing house along Red Pump for the access. That appears to also be the case with the current plan.

Davenport explained a community input meeting gives people in the neighborhood an opportunity to view the plan "in a conceptual state" and to make comments and suggestions the developer might want to incorporate in the preliminary plan, which is eventually submitted to the county for review.

He also noted there have been changes made to development plans in the past on the basis of what was said at community input meetings.

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