Developer is proposing 90 homes near Millington
MILLINGTON — Planners here last week told developer Freeman Evans that they would like to see more green space in his proposed 90-home subdivision.
Evans is scheduled to return at the May meeting of the Millington Planning Commission with a more comprehensive drawing, showing streets and additional open space.
Town Administrator Jo Manning said a preliminary development rights and responsibilities agreement would be hammered out before then and Evans and consultant John Carroll would be expected to have reviewed the elements of a planned neighborhood development district as outlined in Millington’s zoning ordinance.
Real estate agent Carroll, who also is the mayor of Galena, accompanied Evans at the April 26 planning commission meeting. In a followup interview Monday, Carroll said he would be listing the property and in general would be assisting Evans.
No action was taken at last week’s meeting and none was requested by Evans.
Evans owns about 126 acres north of Millington, what was formerly known as the Coleman farm. He purchased the property in 1995.
The farm is located behind Kent Mill. It goes west to Carroll Clark Road, north to property owned by Lester Jones & Sons and to the east it abuts a piece of the former Wick property that is now owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Manning said when asked to describe the land.
In a letter to the Millington Mayor and Council dated Aug. 2, 2017, Evans requested annexation. This is the first request for annexation by an individual since the 249-acre Wick property came into town in 2008.
A couple of years ago the Town of Millington purchased the John Robbins property on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River, using a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to acquire “flood plain property” for an expanded waterfront park. This was a town-generated annexation and not a property owner requesting annexation, Manning said. She said the annexation and property acquisition were part of Millington’s hazard mitigation plan to combat flooding.
At last week’s meeting, Evans brought a preliminary plat drawing that showed how he would like to subdivide phase one of what is expected to be a three-phase project. There would be 90 parcels, each a one-quarteracre lot.
All the homes would be in phase one, which is zoned Village in the county, Manning said.
Evans has not said what would be in phases two and three and has not requested a change in zoning to residential for phase one, Manning said.
No time frame has been established for the development.
Evans would have to absorb some of the costs for water and sewer hookup into the town’s system.
In a telephone interview Friday, Manning said there is enough capacity in the water system for 90 homes but not enough capacity in the sewer system.