Milford Annexes Land to the West

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Monday, November 8 the Milford City Council made a decision on the annexation and zoning of the Thomas property which has been a concern of property owners surrounding the land.  The Thomas property is located west of the Milford city limits and is bound to the north by Route 14 (Milford-Harrington Highway) and bound to the south by Holly Hill Rd; across the street from Baltimore Aircoil Company.

Owner of the Thomas Family Farm, Walter Thomas II, requested that the City of Milford annex the property on May 4, 2010.  At the time, Thomas requested that the property be zoned as R-3 which would allow 16 units per acre.  The Development Planning Commission of the City of Milford suggested an R-8 zoning which permits 8 units per acre.  The property was identified in the growth area by the City of Milford before annexation or zoning was considered.

Against the annexation, the surrounding property owners filed a petition with the City of Milford requiring the Council to have a ¾ majority in order to pass the motion on zoning.  The annexation of the lands also required a ¾ majority to pass.

At Monday’s meeting Councilman Skip Pikus proposed that the Thomas property be zoned as R-1 which permits single family homes on the said property. The motion was seconded by Councilman Owen Brooks but was voted down by a vote of 6 to 2.  Councilwoman Katrina Wilson then proposed R-8 zoning for the said property which passed the Council 6-2. The annexation of the property into the town of Milford was voted on second and was passed by the Council unanimously.

The City Council also voted on whether to extend waiving impact fees on new businesses that incorporate in the city of Milford.  The incentives that were set to expire at the end of this year were officially extended to June 30, 2011.