The county Planning and Zoning Commission recommended yesterday that the county commissioners approve a waiver allowing the town of Mount Airy to rezone 137 acres of land north of Buffalo Road as part of an annexation request.
The annexation petition was filed with Mount Airy in May by Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore, which has a contract to buy the farmland owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.
Magna plans to build 180 to 200 single-family houses if the annexation goes through.
Currently the Kraft property is zoned for agricultural use. Mount Airy plans to rezone the land to low-density residential, allowing an average lot size of 18,000 square feet.
The town requires a waiver to rezone the land at the time of the annexation.
As part of the annexation agreement with Mount Airy, the developer would be required to complete the extension of Watersville Road to Buffalo Road in the first phase of the development.
In addition, Magna will have to develop and dedicate an existing well on the property to the town, to offset
the increased water demand created by the houses.
The Mount Airy Town Council will schedule a public hearing on the annexation proposal before taking action on it.