De­vel­oper is propos­ing 90 homes near Milling­ton

Kent County News - - REAL ESTATE & BUSINESS - By TRISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

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