Newt and Sarah Sayers brought their whole neighborhood to the Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last night.
The couple, longtime residents of Carl Avenue, want to subdivide their three-quarter-acre property to create a lot for their daughter's new home. The town originally approved the subdivision contingent on the Sayers ceding part of the land for a turn-around for municipal trash vehicles.
"To get our permit, the town wants us to give land," said Mr. Sayers, who didn't want to cede the parcel to the town.
"Why do we have to give something to get something?" asked Beverly Bunk. She was one of about 40 residents of Carl and First avenues to oppose the turn-around.
Jackie Sellers of Carl Avenue said it should be obvious to the planners that "nobody wants a turn-around or a road extension" on Carl Avenue. She worried that an extension would bring a future road and increased traffic.
"Look at what the people want," she said. "Spend town money to help repair the present roads. You are trying to make an issue where there is none."
"We bought our properties on a dead-end street for privacy," said George Harrison of Maple Avenue. "We don't want them opened up or widened."
Commission Chairman Dennis Karr assured the crowd that town planners were "trying to do the right thing. We have no hidden agenda. We live here, too. If you don't want a road, we won't approve it."
Former Councilman Charles Mullins said the council had rejected a similar extension several years ago. "The council is trying to pick up a piece of land for nothing and these people don't like it," he said.
"Does anyone want this road extension?" asked Mr. Karr. When he heard nothing, he said, "We understand your position."
He recommended a modification to eliminate the proposed parcel from the permit. The commission unanimously approved and said it would revise the plat to allow for the new home.