Carroll commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to take ownership of a 47-acre property northwest of Mount Airy near the planned Gillis Falls Reservoir.
The property will be used for open space and will provide a buffer for Cabbage Spring Branch, a tributary of Gillis Falls. The land may become part of a greenways program, a plan to build a connecting grassy trail in the county.
The land is part of Dove's Landing, a 214-acre development of 63 homes on the east side of Cabbage Spring Road near the Challedon development. The Dove's Landing developer is John Pfaff Builders Inc. of New Windsor.
Commissioner Donald I. Dell voted against taking the property because he said it would cost too much for upkeep. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said it was important for the county to own the land because it is near the planned reservoir area. Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy also voted to take the land.
Under county zoning law, if a developer clusters lots in a conservation zone, he must offer part of the land to the county. If the county does not want it, a homeowners' association must own it.
Conservation zoning allows one home on every 3 acres. Clustering in that zone allows one home per 2 acres, with the remaining land used for open space or recreation.
The open space contains an old family cemetery, said Bruce R. Waldron, development review coordinator. Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson said he did not want the cemetery as part of the county land. The commissioners agreed to exclude the cemetery.