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A Queen Anne's County developer who wants to build 39 moderately priced, single-family homes in Pasadena said he might be forced to abandon the project because of Anne Arundel's high utility and impact fees.

Don Dove, president of Dove Properties Ltd., met with county officials yesterday to hash out preliminary plans for Brockington, a 9.9-acre subdivision west of Fort Smallwood Road, southeast of Sycamore Road.

But he might have to halt the project, he said yesterday, after learning he could owe the county thousands of dollars more per lot if nearby schools can't handle the new community's students.

Brockington homes, with three-bedrooms, two baths, would start $130,000 and most likely attract moderate-income or first-time buyers, Mr. Dove said.

The builder of Bayside, a Queen Anne's County condominium and town house community with water access, says Anne Arundel desperately needs moderately priced homes.

"For us or other builders, when you're tacking on enormous fees, it's almost impossible to come up with an affordable lot or affordable homes," Mr. Dove said.

Once the county grants preliminary approval for the subdivision, the developer may proceed -- though he risks never gaining final approval, said Larry Ripley, a county school system representative.

The school board projects that both Solley Elementary and George Fox Middle schools -- both of which would serve the new homes -- will be overcrowded by 1993. Enrollment at the school has not yet reached capacity.

The county intends to build a larger elementary school but has no plans to enlarge the middle school, Mr. Ripley said.

If attendance at George Fox increases as projected by the time Brockington comes up for final approval, the county would require Mr. Dove to pay an additional $1,500 per home to help pay for additional classrooms. The county would charge an additional $3,800 per home if the elementary school becomes overcrowded and an additional $2,000 per home if Northeast High School becomes overcrowded.

The county's school fee is in addition to utility and impact fees that total more than $12,000 per unit. A builder would pay only $5,495 per unit to build the same homes in Queen Anne's County, Mr. Dove said.

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