In a long anticipated move, the Howard County Board of Appeals approved construction of a proposed 116-unit condominium complex in Glenwood last night.
By a 3-1 vote, board members ended a four-month series of contentious hearings on the senior citizen project slated for 58 acres next to Cattail Creek Country Club.
Developer Donald Reuwer was seeking a special exception under zoning rules to build the complex, which would offer condominium homes of 1,800 to 2,000 square feet at prices estimated at $210,000 to $250,000.
Under the special exception, only residents older than 60, or married to someone older than 60, would be allowed to live in the condominiums.
Opponents, including Susan Gray, a Highland slow-growth activist, said they likely would file a lawsuit seeking to stop the project.
"There's a very good shot that this will be appealed," Gray said.
Reuwer said he was happy that the hearings were over and the board voted in his favor. "This is a very exciting project, but there are steps to go," Reuwer said.
Those steps include obtaining state water discharge permits and county hurdles like approval of site development plans.
At last night's meeting, board members said Reuwer would have to build a road from the condominiums to the Cattail Creek Country Club's clubhouse as a condition of approval.
Board members said they -- like Glenwood residents -- were worried about the complex's residents pulling onto Route 97 to reach their dinning facility at the country club.
From the beginning last night, board members argued about possible odors wafting from the development's planned septic system.
Residents have argued for months that the septic system wouldn't just smell, but could imperil Triadelphia Reservoir because the condo complex would be within the Patuxent River watershed.
Experts for Reuwer disputed that contention, saying there wasn't a safer site in western Howard County.
Board members split 3-1 on nearly every major criteria for approving the complex. Board members George Layman, Jerry Rushing and Robert Sharps voted for the special exception, while Donald Messenger voted against it.
Pub Date: 5/06/98