It can't be developed for five years.
Some restrictions were placed on the development of the Caidlyn Property. In a three-to-one vote on Thursday, the County Commissioners determined the parcel, which was annexed into the City of Frederick in August, has a zoning which is different from the County's. So the Board placed a five-year delay on any development at the 97.2-acre site.
"The County's zoning on the property was R1, which is one unit per acre. The City's zoning is R8, which is eight units per acre. So the City's zoning is eight times more dense then the County's zoning," said John Dimitriou with the Community Development Division. The County's Comprehensive Plan also called for that property to be low density residential.
The parcel is located west of Frederick along Kemp Lane, south of Whittier.
Even though the zoning would allow for up to 800 homes, the buildout won't reach that many residential units, say city officials. "In the annexation resolution, there is a cap of 456 units. It won't go to the 800 units. That's for the gross acres. For gross density, you'll have it 4.7 units per acre at the most," says Joe Adkins, Deputy Director of Planning for the City of Frederick. During the annexation hearing on August 15th, the Board of Aldermen said this condition excluded moderately priced dwelling units, and houses already on the property. Elected officials also limited homes to single family attached and detached homes.
The developer of the property has also agreed to make upgrades to Christophers Crossing. "In the annexation agreement, they're building a section of Christophers Crossing. They're paying a regional road improvement which I believe is about $5,000 per unit," says Adkins. "The City and Fort Detrick are working on relocating Christophers Crossing--Kemp Lane through Area B right now. And we're working with Waverly View which is to the south of this as well."
He says there's no timetable for construction as of yet because the developer has not submitted any plans to the Frederick Planning Commission for consideration.