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High Ridge land battle continues


A Gamber couple who fought to gain a small strip of land from the High Ridge homeowners association to develop farmland has asked the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to throw out a decision by the Carroll County Commissioners that returned the land to the association.

Two weeks ago, the commissioners voted 2-1 to overturn a previous board of commissioners that condemned the 50-foot-by-15-foot parcel in 1992 that belonged to the High Ridge Association.

The previous commissioners had ruled that Aaron E. and Ruth E. Green should be allowed to extend High Ridge Drive to build houses. The homeowners' association opposed the plan.

A Carroll Circuit judge supported the commissioners' original decision, and the homeowners association appealed to the Court of Special Appeals, which had scheduled a hearing for next month.

The Greens' attorney, John T. Maguire II of Westminster, filed papers last week at the Court of Special Appeals saying that the county commissioners should not be allowed to reverse the condemnation.

The county paid the High Ridge Association $1,000 for the land and the planning commission approved the Greens' plan to build 11 homes at the end of High Ridge Drive, the papers said.

The Greens have spent about $20,000 for engineering and development work at the site, the papers said.

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