Officials reject appeals to growth freeze

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Carroll commissioners rejected yesterday two requests for exemptions to the county's yearlong growth freeze.

Both requests were from an Ellicott City developer that had hoped to move forward on subdividing two parcels into 131 lots around Mount Airy.

The owners of Forty West Builders told the commissioners that a yearlong delay might cost them bank loans they obtained to buy land for the subdivisions.

But the commissioners said they did not want to set a precedent by granting exemptions to the freeze. They also said the projects would further strain crowded schools in Mount Airy.

Several property owners have applied for exemptions to the freeze, but the commissioners have granted only one, for a $40 million, 100-unit expansion at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville.

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