announcing a revision to his original annexation request for the Myers Farm
north of Thurmont, developer Tom Hudson has submitted his revised annexation
request to the Town of Thurmont.
“The proposal is the same proposal I presented in November but without the residential,” Hudson said.
Though 188 acres is still being requested for annexation, only 50.5 acres would be developed as commercial space.
“It’s a moving target for the actual square footage, but it won’t be anymore than 445,000 square feet, probably less,” Hudson said.
proposal points out that although some people are asking for firm answers to
certain questions, they are “Answers to which are typically provided after a
rigorous civil engineering review that is integral part of the Town’s
subdivision entitlement process. Additionally, this same entitlement process is
also a key component of determining whether or not a proposed project complies
with the Town’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (“APFO”). It is critical
to remember that this is only the first step in a long approval process – not
Without the houses
in the proposal, the town won’t receive the millions of dollars in impact fees
and additional fees that were based on house construction.
The project would still include:
A wastewater treatment
plant built to Maryland’s enhanced nutrient removal standards.
Its own water capacity
or up to $500,000 for the purchase of water capacity.
$45,000 to the Thurmont
Lions Club for its trolley trail rehabilitation project.
Up to $50,000 to
reimburse the town its costs associated with review and approval of the
$50,000 for the planning related to an industrial parkway north of Thurmont.
“We will still
have to build a treatment plant, but it will be a more-expensive proposition,”
This is because the 350 houses in the original project accounted for 70 percent of the plant’s capacity.
“Just because we need only one-third of the capacity doesn’t mean we can scale it back to one third. There are certain fixed costs we will still
have for it, but maybe it won’t be quite as big a hurdle,” Hudson said.
Participation in the industrial bypass is a new element to the proposal as well. The proposal states, “The ultimate build out of this proposed
annexation project coupled with the potential construction of the Industrial Parkway may require another Route 15 interchange. The applicant is wiling to dedicate the land necessary for an
interchange at this property (which accounts for a significant portion of the total cost of an interchange) and is willing to work with the State, County, and Town to do whatever possible to ensure
that an interchange is built.”
Hudson said he wanted to participate in the parkway because “It has been coming up consistently that people want to get the truck traffic out of
With the revised plan in hand, the town commissioners and planning and zoning commission can reconsider the potential annexation. At this point,
the project is not on the agenda for either group.