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48 Homes Planned for Belair Road Development

Residents voiced concerns about traffic and impact on schools during a community input meeting Wednesday evening.

Construction on 48 single-family homes near the Perry Hall-Kingsville line could begin within a year, developers said during a community input meeting Wednesday evening at the .

The development, known as Gunpowder Overlook, is planned for a 21.4-acre lot between Belair Road on the east, Forge Park Road on the west, Honeygo Boulevard on the south and Perry Hall Road on the north. More than 20 residents shared concerns about the development related to the local economy, traffic and the impact on local schools.

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of Kingsville said he was concerned that an additional housing development would further lower the area's selling prices.

"[Developers] already built a lot of homes that are still just stagnating," Magness said. "I'm looking to sell my home right now."

Ronald Schaftel of Southern Land, a home-building firm, said it was too soon to tell what impact homes would have on a future housing market.

"If they were priced today, they'd probably be in the mid-$500,000 to $600,000 range. But there's not a lot of houses selling in that range right now," Schaftel said.

The property, which currently holds , would be reshaped to accommodate a residential street. The neighborhood's entrance would rise about 18 feet between Belair Road and the first planned home on the south side, said Dean C. Hoover, principal civil engineer at Morris & Ritchie Associates.

Several residents said they were concerned about additional traffic congestion along Maryland Route 1.

"Especially during rush hour, this is going to be hellish to get out of," Magness said. "This is going to be a mess."

Hoover said he would be able to comment on traffic concerns after a Baltimore County study had been conducted, which is planned for after the school year begins.

Carole Nolet, who lives at the corner of Perry Hall Road and Belair Road, said her major concern was the impact on local schools.

"They are already overflowing," Nolet said. "I don't have any kids, but I care about the kids. I want them to be educated."

Based on the county's calculations, upon completion, the development is expected to add 11 students to , seven students to and nine students to , Hoover said.

"I'm going to give Baltimore County a pat on the back. They're very good at pinpointing exact numbers," he added.

The development plan is still in its beginning stages, said Darryl Putty, a Baltimore County project manager who recorded community concerns during the meeting.

Several adjustments, as well as a public hearing and a traffic study are expected to occur before construction begins, Putty said.

In spite of the lengthy process ahead, Schaftel said he was optimistic about the development's future.

"It is going to happen. We've been developing in Baltimore County for the past 20 years," he said. "We have a right to buy and subdivide properties, but we want to get the community involved with the property. We don't want angry neighbors." 

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated that a vote would go before the County Council before construction would begin on the new housing development. However, a vote is not required. Patch regrets the error.

Mike Lurz August 25, 2011 at 01:00 PM
I haven't seen ANYTHING to be gained by the addition of these new homes
John K August 25, 2011 at 01:09 PM
"We have a right to buy and subdivide properties" - Yes, yes you do. It's your property. What you do NOT have the "right" is to have the county allow you to build 48 unnecessary homes on the property and add to the already crowded and stagnant home inventory, not to mention the traffic concerns in this area. How about they get the new houses on Forge Road sold first... You know, the one that's been sitting there for two years now and has ONE house built?
Tim August 25, 2011 at 01:23 PM
This is hands down a bad idea, and my family is one that would probably look into buying in such a development. At least until they build more schools. Perry Hall Middle is already overcrowded. Perry Hall High is not far behind.
Neil B August 25, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I hope the county is not subsidizing the development in any way. I don't care if they build the houses and go out of business when they can't sell them but the tax payers should not be on the hook for any of it.
Tim August 25, 2011 at 02:13 PM
They really should look around at all the existing new developments and see how poorly they are selling. Unless they come in offering a simialr quality product for about 30k less then what everyone else is - in which case I'm sure loads of illegals will be building your home - and keeping more hardworking Americans out of work.
Stacey Schantz August 25, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I keep hearing rumors of two developments on/off Chapel road too. And with all the building on forge Road and Cross Road, seems like there are already tons of new houses and the existing homes for sale aren't selling as well. And what happened to the expanision of the neighborhood off Sunni Shade? Signs went up, and then just came down...
Tony Aquia August 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM
That's true. But, the footprint of Chapel will not be widened as a result.
Bill Howard August 26, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Amy you are right. The County used to halt building when schools and roads were too crouded (ie moratorium) But the builders spread plenty of $$$ and so the County lets the schools fill up anyway. The Patch ought to get picks of the crouded halls of Perry Hall schools.
Bill Howard August 26, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Yes Neil, the county does pay when these go in. They share water and sewer feed costs, right of way acquisitions etc. Most of all, the county pays for more students in crouded schools that these guys use as seeling points to the area. Did I say the county pays? I should have said--You and I and these readers all pay.
Katie Downs August 28, 2011 at 01:44 PM
PHHS and White Marsh Mall should switch spots.
Sherri August 29, 2011 at 06:55 AM
It seems that every patch of green in Perry Hall must have a home or business built on it. How sad that is. Wouldn't this be a good spot for the dog park I hear so many people desiring for their pets? I just wish they would leave this spot alone, but no chance of that, huh?
Mike Lurz August 29, 2011 at 01:52 PM
One majorly overlooked factor here is the "reforming" of the natural landscape, we have seen alot of that in the area with the building of housing developments. The water will runoff differently into storm drains adding more pollution to the watershed and the bay. Without the natural filtration of the landscape more pollutants can and will be allowed to be directly deposited into the Gunpowder, and there will be more flooding of the surrounding areas as a result. Environmental planners are no match for millions of years of natural development.
Bill Howard August 30, 2011 at 02:44 AM
After school is out---they sorta do. :)
Linda Roemer December 13, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I can't believe there is even a thought about another development in Perry Hall, take a look around, there are a lot of unsold houses, empty stores in shopping centers, poor road conditions, heavy traffic on all roads, schools over crowded, not to mention the burden of the drainage system. Can we really afford to have another development? NO
Neil B December 13, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I agree. There are plenty of developments left unfinished too because nobody is buying the houses. Look at the one across from Chapel Hill Elementary. Or the one right off the corner of Honeygo and Joppa. Terrible idea.

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