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Oxford Square Developer Seeks to Double Residential Density

Developer David Scheffenacker has requested density revision and other amendments, which the Planning Board will hear at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The developer of Oxford Square on Coca Cola Drive is asking that he be allowed to build nearly double the number of housing units he initially asked for in the planned residential community, and he wants permission to erect drive-through commercial spaces on the premises. 

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Howard County Planning Board—a group of five citizens appointed by the county executive—will hear the request at 7 p.m. in the George Howard Building.

In 2010, the County Council approved plans for Oxford Square in what had previously been an industrial area in Hanover on the condition that the community would include no more than 954 residential units, reduce dependence on automobiles and include a mix of office and residential spaces designed as multi-use buildings. As such, it would qualify as a "transit-oriented development."

Developer David Scheffenacker also offered in the original proposal to donate land for a school to the Howard County Public School System and to contribute up to $4 million toward its development should it be built by 2014.

Earlier this year, the Howard County Board of Education acquired a 20-acre parcel, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"school-system-accepts-land-grant-money-from-developer"} --> on Coca Cola Drive and

djp952 September 20, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Why not at this point? The more the merrier. Bonus: preciously close to being within walking distance to Cordish County. There isn't an inch left that isn't under constant de/construction near me, I don't see why poor Hanover should be left out of the joy that is HoCo zoning. It wouldn't be fair to those nice people if they couldn't experience Ulman-land to its full extent like the rest of us. Build a damn skyscraper or two for all I care anymore.
Mr. Drew September 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I don't think the statement about reducing suburban sprawl is true. If Oxford square doubles its density, that just gets piled on to the suburban sprawl that is consuming Elkridge in any event.
Annie September 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Why am I not supprised, give and inch and they want a mile.
Robert Judge September 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
That free land for the school is getting very expensive.
Jack September 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
"Free land" .... No the whores at the BOE were paid 4 million dollars for placing a school as a buffer between the railroad and this housing project. November you all get to vote to kick out Giles and Siddiqui so I would let everyone know who is responsible and hold them accountable.
anon September 21, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dense overdevelopment is stressing every resource in Howard County. The roads are constantly jammed and there is litter everywhere and no one cares. Every last bit of forest is being razed. Ulman said he wants to protect the environment? Oh come on. I really do miss the way things used to be in Howard County. It's so sad.

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