A new public hearing has been scheduled on a builder's application for a state water-use permit needed for three proposed housing developments.

The hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Kemptown Elementary School in Monrovia, Frederick County.

Frall Developers Inc. has applied to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a water-appropriation permit application. The Mount Airy-based builder is planning three adjacent developments, with some 500 homes on 516 acres south of town.

The builder needs the permit for construction of a water and sewer system to serve the developments -- Harvest Ridge, Penn Shop Estates and Samhill Estates.

State officials halted the original hearing Jan. 3 in Mount Airy aftermore than two hours. A Frall representative declined to make a presentation at the informational hearing, leaving the audience and state officials confused about the project.

Some of the 47 people who attended that hearing expressed concern about the impact of project on their water supply.

Gary Setzer, director of the DNR's water and mineral management program, stopped the hearing and said he would direct Frall to return for a rescheduled hearing with more information.

The state cannot force the builder to make a presentation but can require more information, Setzer said.

Kemptown Elementary School is located at 3456 Kemptown Church Road in Monrovia.

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