Frederick city annexation would not increase number of homes

Subtitle: Project would increase tax revenue, developers say
Source: Gazette
Author: Katherine Heerbrandt
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Date Published: 02/03/2012

The developer of 285 acres of farmland in northern Frederick is seeking another 250 acres from the city, according to land use attorney Bruce Dean. However, the developer of Crumland Farm does not intend to increase the number of houses or commercial space it originally planned. In 2009, the city annexed 235 acres of the Crumland Farm property along U.S. Route 15, which is projected for as much as 1,200 homes and 1.3 million square feet of commercial space. Plans have not changed, but the additional acreage decreases the number of homes per acre from 9.2 to 4.5, and increases the percentage of open space from 26 percent to 30 percent. The new annexation request increases the number of single-family detached houses and townhomes and decreases the number of multi-family homes. The original plan called for 300 single-family homes, 150 townhomes, and 750 multi-family homes, while the combined annexation plan calls for 700 single-family homes, 300 townhomes and 200 multi-family homes.