Frederick County officials advance Jefferson tech park housing plan

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 08/15/2013

Developers of an 825-home project southwest of Frederick aim to give future residents space to park, store their stuff and plant a garden, but it hasn’t been a simple task. At a Wednesday meeting, county officials talked about whether designs for the Jefferson Technology Park would produce a comfortable community or whether it would create problems. The preliminary subdivision and site development plan ended up passing muster with the Frederick County Planning Commission by a vote of 6 to 1. While much of the planned technology park is devoted to office and commercial space, the roughly 60-acre residential section will include 223 townhouses, 374 condos and 228 apartments. County officials heard that the technology park’s dense layout presented some challenges for planners, like making sure there’s enough room for cars. By Frederick County zoning law, the community must include at least 2,025 on-site parking spaces. The developer’s plan provides 1,243 spaces in driveways, garages and parking lots, 116 shared spaces and another 1,045 spots along the street, for a total of 2,404 spaces.