A bumpy ride home may be in the future for Glen Laurel residents while a standoff continues between the community's developer, the county and the homeowners association.
Last month, the Lancaster County Council voted not to accept Glen Laurel's roads into the county road system. The development's roads weren't up to county standards, they said. Even if they were up to county standards, it isn't likely the council would vote to include them in the county road system.
The roads in BridgeMill, which exceed county standards, were also refused. At the time, council members said the county couldn't accept new roads into the county system until they had the funds to maintain their existing roads.
Now, Glen Laurel residents aren't sure where to turn. The developer has refused to accept responsibility for the roads, said Brian Scott, treasurer of the Glen Laurel Homeowners Association.
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County Planner Elaine Boone said according to the county's Unified Development Ordinance, the developer of Glen Laurel is required to build and maintain the roads to county standards. The planning department can relieve him of that responsibility if there is a property owners association capable of maintaining the roads, she added.
Scott said the homeowners association can't maintain the roads to county standards because it lacks the money. Estimates done by the association show that maintaining a mile of road would cost close to $1 million.
The covenants of the homeowners association, created in 2005, also clearly state that the homeowners association will not take responsibility for the roads, Scott said.
The association is working with a lawyer to resolve the issue, he added, but hopes to avoid litigation.
The developer of Glen Laurel, Rolin Choate, did not return calls for comment.
"If you drove through our subdivision here, every street is rife with patches because it was such shoddy construction on the roads," Scott said. "It's a brand new subdivision. To have the roads in disarray doesn't make sense."
Glen Laurel, off Calvin Hall Road near the state line, has 106 single-family homes and 60 townhomes.
Jack Beaty, who served as the homeowners association president from September 2007 until January is not only frustrated with the community's developer, but also with the county.
Glen Laurel is not a gated, private community, he said. The roads should be maintained just like any other part of the county, he added.
"We pay county taxes," Beaty said. "When I pay taxes, I expect to get what comes with those taxes."