Neighbors scrutinize Belt Farm plan SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


Several members of the Linton Springs Community Association got their first look at the Belt Farm concept plan yesterday, as the county's Subdivision Advisory Committee commented on the proposal.

Ronald Carter, a Howard County developer, plans to build 99 houses on the 203-acre site east of Linton Road in South Carroll.

"The county needs the tax base and we encourage good development," said Joseph H. Mettle, chairman of the community association. "But development can't come at the expense of our safety."

In a letter delivered to the committee, Mr. Mettle asked for "a separate road system for the new development" and "no connections of any new roads to Linton Springs subdivision roads."

Association members are opposed to adding any more traffic to Linton Road, their only egress to Route 26.

"The county is not looking at Linton Road as a traffic problem, but it is," said Lee Anske, a resident of the winding, narrow road. "I live right at a curve in the road where there have been four accidents in the past year. One car ran into my neighbor's house."

Traffic has doubled on Linton Road since Mr. Anske moved there years ago, he said.

"Speeding is also a terrific problem," he said.

Mr. Anske said he would like the county to conduct traffic, community and water and sewer impact studies of the area before allowing further development.

The advisory committee asked the developer "to explore the possibility of taking Tanglewood Court to Old Route 26 as a secondary access."

That plan would add traffic to Linton Springs' internal roads.

"We would like to review any major points in the plan with the developer before they are submitted for approval," said Mr. Anske. "We are affected by the development and want to be in on the planning stages."

Speaking with a group of residents following the meeting, Mr. Carter said, "Our traffic engineer will look at the whole picture."

The county committee offers its technical advice to developers going through the permit review process. Other recommendations included clustering homes for conservation purposes and buffering any streams on the site with open-space land.

"The preliminary plan also must be specific as to who will construct all the roads," said Anthony Mignon, a committee member.

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