Controversy with the Carter Farm development project in Centerville | Recent news
CENTREVILLE, Md. — The hottest topic around Centerville in Queen Anne County is a proposed development on the Carter Farm.
If approved by the city, the development could bring about 126 new residential homes.
The development is also called an “agrihood”. It will include residential houses with agricultural land surrounding the houses. It will also include commercial enterprises.
What municipal leaders and community members are the city’s water and sewer allocation. Development would require the remaining amount.
“Once you’re above 91%, you start saying ‘hey, we’re maximizing the plan. Do we want to commit to what we have left? The challenge for us now is on top of that maximum capacity,” says City Manager Chip Koogle. Koogle told us the city is looking to upgrade its water supply and sewer capacity.
Community members say the project is just too big for their small town.
“We don’t feel it fits the needs of downtown Centerville. It’s intended for a particular urban environment with remote parking,” says Jeff Bonfoey.
Lead developer Ernie Sota says he wants to work with the community to address their concerns. “It’s more than just a real estate development. We try to show best management practices. Our stormwater system has been praised by CAC staff as innovative and exemplary management practices. We try to make all it takes things really,” Sota said.
Sota added, “It will also bring additional revenue to the city. About two million dollars in sewer capacity fees will help fund the city’s sewer plant. About 370,000 city revenue and about 700 000 state revenue.”
Discussion of Carter Farm’s development at board meetings has been postponed until April.