James Rada Jr.
(4/19) It appears that although the Myers
Farm annexation proposal was revised to make it more-appealing to town
officials, that has not happened.
During the April 17 Thurmont town meeting,
developer Tom Hudson asked the commissioners about how the process of hearings
and votes would proceed since he had revised his plans for developing 188 acres
north of Thurmont by dropping the 350 houses and townhouses from the plan.
“My opinion, I don’t think even with the
modification I’ve gotten anyone to reach out and support making a change,”
Mayor Martin Burns told Hudson.
Burns had said he was going to call Hudson
because in his polling of the commissioners he found that, “A supermajority of
the board would not be receptive and I’m not sure they would be receptive to
Since the commissioners would make the
final decision on whether to annex the property, this means Hudson would be
fighting an uphill battle to convince three commissioners to vote to annex the
Burns also said that the planning and
zoning commission’s decision would be based on how Hudson’s proposal fit with
the master plan and growth boundary.
“It doesn’t fit current master plan or
growth bound and if that’s what we have to base it on, it would have to be
denied,” Planning and Zoning Chairman John Kinnaird said later.
Following the meeting, Hudson had no
comment except to say he had to consider what he had just been told by the
“He (Burns) sort of combined everything
all along in one broad sweeping statement,” Kinnaird said.