The Mount Airy Town Council voted last night to send a developer's petition to annex 137 acres northwest of town to county and state agencies for review.
Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore has a contract to purchase the farmland north of Buffalo Road owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.
If the council approves the annexation request, Magna plans to build 180 to 200 single-family houses on the Kraft property.
The town's planning and zoning commission recommended last month that the council approve the annexation proposal.
Town planner Teresa Bamberger recommended last night that the council send the proposal to the appropriate county and state agencies -- including planning, transportation and environment -- for the 60-day review.
The council also scheduled a public hearing on the annexation proposal for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1.
After the hearing, the council will vote on whether to accept the proposal by Magna Holdings.
At last month's planning and zoning commission meeting, Ms. Bamberger said the proposed development would bring some much-needed improvements to the town, including the extension of Watersville Road, a new well and new ball fields.
In other business last night, the council approved a joint-use operating agreement, which will allow the town to use playing fields at Twin Ridge Elementary School in Frederick County.
Under the agreement, Mount Airy can use the ball fields for town-sponsored activities when they aren't being used by the elementary school.