On March 6 at 10 a.m., there will be a hearing before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals to determine whether St. Paul’s School can build a large, 8,000 sq. ft. maintenance building on the floor of the Greenspring Valley.
The Valleys Planning Council (VPC) is appealing two recent decisions by the county allowing the school to construct this building behind the historic homes, known as Emerson Farms, on Greenspring Valley Road. The building will include a large conference area, offices, and restrooms and will be used by maintenance workers and contractors.
VPC and FRCA supported a special exception for the school back in the late ’80s. At that time, the school was considered a non-conforming use in the RC2 zone, and as such, faced a growth restriction of 25% of existing square footage. To give the school some additional room to grow and flexibility, parties agreed to a special exception for the school that included a building envelope.
The proposed maintenance building is outside that building envelope, and the school is also seeking an amendment to the county water and sewer plan to allow hook-up to the existing restricted public sewer line serving Emerson Farms.
That line was a 2″ extension outside the URDL allowed in 1996 to address an emergency situation at the historic homes. The amendment specifically stated that it was to serve only the historic homes.
VPC opposed the school’s request to hook into that line for this new building, but the Planning Board recommended approval and the County Council granted it. That decision must ultimately be approved by the Maryland Department of Environment, and a preliminary finding by the Maryland Department of Planning found that the amendment was not consistent with the Master Plan.
Any FRCA member who is concerned about this project or who may have information helpful to the VPC is urged to contact Teresa Moore at 410-337-6877 and/or attend the March 6 hearing.
The hearing will take place in the Jefferson Building at 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Room 206 at 10 a.m.