Board of Appeals OKs smaller pier, boat ramp


Residents of Fishing Creek Farm are permitted to build a community pier and boat ramp into Duvall Creek, but with only about half the number of slips the homeowners want, the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals has ruled.

The community, south of Annapolis near the South River, had sought an exception and variance for a 240-foot boat ramp with 50 slips ranging from 40 to 50 feet, contending that the existing pier cannot accommodate the community.

The Board of Appeals ruled Monday that there was not enough parking for the traffic 50 slips would generate. To meet state critical-area shoreline requirements and the county code, the board said 13 parking spaces would be allowed, which would support 26 slips.

The president of the Fishing Creek Homeowners Association testified last fall that slips are in such great demand that there would be a waiting list upon completion of a 50-slip pier.

The community has about 85 homes and will have about 120 when it is completed. Waterfront homes are not permitted to have their own piers.

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