(10/9) Thurmont now has three large annexations to consider. Developers for
three properties to the north, south and east of Thurmont submitted petitions
for annexation to the town at the end of September.
Of the three annexations, only one, Drees Homes near the new Weis Market,
submitted a draft annexation agreement along with its annexation petition.
Drees Homes is asking that 113.6 acres south of Thurmont be annexed into
town and rezoned from agricultural land to residential property.
The property would eventually hold 329 dwelling units for a density of 2.9
units per acres. The project would include 119 single-family homes, 102
townhouses and 108 condominiums.
Drees Homes would like to be able to build these dwellings at a rate of 75
The incentives Drees Homes is offering include:
- $2,000 for each single-family home, $1,500 for each townhouse and $1,000
for each condominium on preliminary plan approval to be used to maintain
and/or improve the public sewer system ($499,000).
- $3,000 for each home on permit application approval to be used to
maintain and/or improve the public sewer system ($987,000).
- $300,000 for design and construction of Thurmont Boulevard Extended,
related landscaping and sidewalk construction.
- $200,000 for the construction of two public tot lots that the town would
- $50,000 upon final approval of the preliminary plan for the proposed town
master plan vision and downtown revitalization plan.
- $200,000 for the second phase of the trolley line restoration.
- $250,000 for the design and/or construction of a new town hall, police
building, Guardian Hose Company or other municipal improvement.
The total cash value of all of the incentives would be $2,486,000. This is
in addition to normal fees paid by the developer and property taxes that
homeowners would pay. Many of the incentives would be paid at designated points
Drees Homes also submitted a water and sewer study with its annexation
petition. The water study notes that Drees Homes would seek independent sources
of water for the development and that the town would be given any excess
capacity the company develops.
Beazer Homes petitioned the town to annex the 131.1 acres that makes up the
Lawyer Farm east of town. Beazer Homes is seeking to build its anticipated 241
single-family homes at a rate of 50 a year.
Hudson Land requested that the town annex 209.5 acres north of Thurmont into
town. The development would include commercial properties and around 375 homes.
The town attorney is now considering how the town will consider three major
annexations at one time. The usual process would be to introduce the
annexations at a town meeting, refer them to the planning and zoning
commission, file them for review with the county commissioners and planning and
zoning commissioner and have the planning and zoning commissions make