Development of 7 houses is opposed Traffic problems cited in Berrywood South


Residents of Berrywood South fear that a proposed development of seven houses next to their Severna Park community would cause traffic and parking problems.

Anarex Inc. of Millersville has submitted a plan to county officials for the single-family houses on 4.28 acres on the east side of Robinson Landing Road. The houses would cost from $200,000 to $300,000.

Members of the Berrywood South Community Association said they are concerned that the 24-foot-wide road is not large enough to accommodate the traffic or the cars that would be parked on its sides.

"The road is very narrow as is," said Barbara Popp, president of the community association.

Many residents must park their vehicles on the road because their driveways are too small, she said.

"When you have a community like this where families have two or three kids and one of them is a teen-ager with a car, you could have three cars on the road in front of your house. It's just not a very good situation," she said.

In addition, Mrs. Popp said, Robinson Landing Road has a steep slope near its end. Residents who live at the end of the street often park their cars up the hill to avoid trying to drive up the slope. This further crowds the street, she said.

"There's nowhere else to go when it snows," she said. "Unless [the county] can promise us that they're going to plow our roads, we don't know where we're going to park."

Mrs. Popp said the street is so narrow that school buses have had trouble negotiating the road.

But Jerry Kabo, an area supervisor with Anne Arundel County schools, said he had not received complaints from bus drivers. "If it was a constant problem, I would have heard about it," he said.

Tom Baldwin, president of Countryside Corp., which owns the land to be developed, scoffed at Mrs. Popp's arguments.

"It's seven houses. It's insignificant," he said. The residents of those houses wouldn't park on Robinson Landing Road, but on an access road, he added.

"It's no big deal. People look for all kinds of reasons to stop land from being used," Mr. Baldwin said.

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