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Elevations for the proposed apartment development on Aylesbury Road.
Elevations for the proposed apartment development on Aylesbury Road. (Rendering courtesy of Fore Property)

A five-story apartment building proposed for an industrial area of Timonium is off the table, at least for now.

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican who represents the area but is leaving office after losing a re-election bid, said Wednesday he will withdraw a resolution that would have started the review process for the project on West Aylesbury Road.

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Some neighbors had said they want the new County Council, and new representative Wade Kach, also a Republican, to decide the fate of the plan. The new council will be sworn in in December.

"I hope the next council will review it and approve it," said Huff.

Fore Property Company is proposing two apartment buildings on the property, which is currently home to office buildings. Under the proposal, one apartment building would be built in the near future, the second several years later.

Fore requested the first building be reviewed as a planned-unit development, a designation that allows leeway from zoning rules in exchange for developers providing a "community benefit." To satisfy that requirement, Fore planned to restore a nearby stream and make a $35,000 donation to the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department.

A vote from the County Council is required for a project to proceed as a planned-unit development.

The Greater Timonium Community Council raised concerns about traffic, school capacity and whether the apartments were a good fit for the commercial area.

Jim Sullivan, a vice president for Fore Property, couldn't be reached to comment Wednesday.

Huff said he would withdraw his resolution on the Aylesbury project and instead focus on another bill he has sponsored, which would make it easier for farmers to host corn mazes, hayrides and other activities.

Huff's argitourism bill would allow farmers to have such attractions without needing special approvals.

JoAnn Chason, president of the Baltimore County Farm Bureau, called the measure "long overdue" and said it would help farmers.

But the administration of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has expressed reservations, and Andrea Van Arsdale, the county's director of planning, said the bill needs more rules governing traffic, noise and the size of buildings. "This is not a one-size-fits-all issue," she said.

The bill is scheduled for a vote at Monday night's council meeting in Towson.

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