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Marley Neck zoning decision appealed


The owner of a 112-acre wooded tract on the Marley Neck Peninsula has appealed a county hearing officer's decision denying her permission to build townhouses and single-family units on the land along Marley Neck Boulevard near Tanyard Cove Road.

The property, which abuts a tract used by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for a fly ash landfill, is zoned for commercial, industrial and residential uses, including apartments.

Jane Pumphrey Nes, the owner, has said she wants to change the zoning entirely to residential use to create a buffer between the Solley community and the landfill.

Hearing officer Robert C. Wilcox wrote last month that her request "has some merit," but worried that the new subdivision would burden schools.

George Fox Middle School, already operating over capacity, could not absorb the additional children who would live in the 600- to 700-unit subdivision, he said.

The housing development, however, had support from neighbors, who said surrounding industrial companies threaten their community.

A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in the County Council Chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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