Rezoning in Urbana Approved By County Council

It would allow for the construction of 700 age-restricted homes.

Frederick, Md (KM) The way has been cleared for the construction of some homes for senior citizens in the Urbana area. The Frederick County Council on Tuesday gave unanimous approval for a request to rezone 210-acres of land in the Southern Employment District to mixed use with a residential component. That would allow for the construction of 700 age-restricted homes; or a nursing home, or assisted living facility.

The property currently has near 166.9-acres zoned as office, research and industrial; 42.5-acres with resource conservation zoning; and 0.7-acres zoned as light industrial.

Documents from the County Planning and Permitting Division say the Southern Employment District is home to several employers, including the Social Security Administration’s date center, the Fannie Mae data center and Legal and General , an insurance company. The document say the rezoning will keep the original 211 acres set aside for the employment centers.

This rezoning is the third of three to be considered by the County Council Last week, the panel approved the developer’s request to allow 25 additional homes in the Market District portion of the Villages of Urbana, which brings the number of dwelling units in that area from 3,013 to 3,038. This is a decrease from 75 additional units requested earlier this year.

A second rezoning approved by the County Council last week would reduce the employment acreage in the Northern Town Center by 26-acres. It would expand the residential area but the keep the current number of homes at 610.


By Kevin McManus