Since I sit on the Planning & Zoning Commission of Hampstead, I was heavily involved in this process. In my opinion, there were 2 major concerns with this property from the beginning. Number one, the impact of the traffic on Houcksville Road if there was the only entrance. I told the developers the first time I saw the plans that they needed to have a second entrance/exit point tying into the southern circle of the bypass. Due to the concerns voiced by myself and the rest of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town Council, the various agencies involved in the County Government, and most importantly, the citizens that this will impact, the developers are adding a second point of accessibility at the southern circle. They are currently redoing their concept plan to add this second entrance. Major Concern Number 2 was the possible contamination of the land. I know the history of the land, the contamination and the devastating impact it had on the families involved. Fast forward to 2008, and the land was sold for 4.2 million dollars to Florida Rock Properties. Since the original contamination of the land and today, remediation processes have been ongoing to clean the ground. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has cleared the ground to be developed as a residential development. In all my dealings with the MDE, if one hair is out of place, they will shut down your project. Their guidelines are more stringent than the Federal Environmental Association. When the leading toxicologist for the MDE, who has held that position for 30 years, stands in front of a full Town Hall crowd and tells us that the land is safe and that he and his family would live on that land, I believe that. Also, this development will have Town water coming in, no wells. But just as an added precaution, over 15 wells surrounding the property were tested for any signs of contamination and they all tested clean. Hampstead has had almost no growth in 10 years, and I am not a “Growth at any Means” guy at all, but you need some. Like any business or household, if your money coming in remains the same, but at the same time your bills are going up, you need some growth to cover that. On a last note, I researched other developments in Town such as Roberts Field and North Carroll Farms and calculated the number of dwellings and densities. Roberts Field has 756 dwelling units on 131.5 acres with a density of 5.7 dwelling units per acre. North Carroll Farms has 307 dwelling units on 73.5 acres with a density of 4.17 dwelling units per acre. Hampstead Overlook is proposing 255 dwelling units on 118 acres for a density of 2.16 dwelling units per acre. Looking at and researching other developments by these builders I think Hampstead Overlook will be a welcome addition to our town.