Frankford officials are waiting on state agencies to give their thumbs-up to preliminary plans for the Town to annex two large parcels of land into its incorporated area, potentially bringing 600 or more homes inside town limits.

Town Council President Greg Welch said this week that the Town is collecting “plan of service” letters from public service agencies to submit to the state Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS), which will then review the materials and issue its recommendations on whether the Town should proceed with the two annexation requests.

The annexation requests involve two parcels, known as Cress-Parsons and the Lynch Farm. The council had voted in November to move forward with the two annexation requests, for the 150-acre Cress-Parsons farm parcel and the 114-acre the Bernard Lynch Trust farm parcel.

The requests, which could potentially result in the construction of between 600 and 900 homes, were sent to the council by the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission, following the commission’s Nov. 2 meeting, with the recommendation that the council approve them.

The Lynch property is located just south of the town boundary along Main Street/Pepper Road, extending almost to Gum Road, Wright said. The Cress-Parsons property fronts on Clayton Avenue, and the part of the property along Clayton is already inside town limits, Wright said.

The Cress Farm, as the larger property is known locally, is under contract with a Laurel developer, Double H Development LLC, represented by Bob Horsey, according to Town Clerk Cheryl Lynch. The Lynch property is not under contract yet, and there is no developer involved, Welch said.

Wright said in November that there were no schematics or detailed plans as yet for either property, and that presentations to the planning commission mostly consisted of maps showing where the parcels are located. The application was recommended for council consideration by a vote of 3-0, with two members, including Commission Chair Duane Beck, absent from the Nov. 2 meeting.

“Once we get their review, if it’s positive, we have a hearing,” for each of the annexations, Welch said this week of the PLUS review.

Meanwhile, town officials met Dec. 1 with the Cress-Parsons developers regarding annexation fees, he said, because the developer was looking to reduce the fees or arrange a payment schedule.

“The Cress-Parsons people,” he said, “were looking to reduce the $500 per acre,” which the Town’s ordinance calls for as an annexation fee.

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