Gary Hosey of Millersville isn't opposed to the prospect of 752 new houses, apartments and town homes a half-mile away -- yet.
"I'm not opposed to it," Hosey, a retired naval officer who lives in Baldwin Hills, said Wednesday. "I am concerned."
So concerned is Hosey, in fact, that he has organized a public meeting, scheduled Jan. 7, where citizens can find out more about what is planned for the 221 acres between St. Stephen's Church Road, Route 3 and Crofton Village before developers take their request for a special zoning exception to county officials.
The meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. at the Millersville Elementary School. County zoning officials and the developer, Crofton Farms Associates, have been invited to make presentations and answer citizens' questions.
"I've been trying to get some word out about this," Hosey said. "I'm concerned about the potential impact of this thing down the road. Anything that happens on St. Stephen's Church Road affects this area back here. It's a question of utilities, a question of traffic, crime and housing types.
"This area is low density. This would be a planned unit development that allows anything."
Crofton Farms Associates needs a special zoning exception to build a planned unit development, or PUD. A PUD does not involve a zoning change.
Rather, with a PUD, a developer may concentrate all the allowable density in a given area -- 221 acres, in this case -- into a smaller, more concentrated space. A mixture of housing types, including clustered single-family homes, apartments or town houses, is permitted in a PUD.
"We plan to build all of those," said Eileen Powers, attorney for Crofton Farms.
A hearing on Crofton Farms' special exception request is scheduled Jan.
The proposed site is made up of four tracts. One is owned by Ernest J.
Liddy of Millersville, a partner with Crofton Farms Associates; another is owned by Warren E. Halle of Halle Enterprises Inc.
Larry Burkins, county zoning administrator, said the site is now zoned for two to 10 homes per acre. More open space would be lost by building under those restrictions, he said, than with a PUD.
Still, he said, citizens typically are leery of high-density projects.
"We are aware of some opposition," he said. "We've gotten some calls."
So has Powers. "It's the usual," she said. "They don't want any more houses in Crofton."