The Village at Forest Lakes shopping center’s fate to be decided in January


    Today’s Aegis reports that the Harford County Council is to make a decision within 30 days on whether to approve the shopping center, to be called The Village at Forest Lakes, planned for the 10 acre parcel next to Forest Lakes Elementary School on Osborne Parkway. According to the story, that means the decision would come “near or on Jan. 4.” Area residents and parents of students at Forest Lakes Elementary School have been attending zoning hearings to express their concerns about the alcohol that some of the restaurants expected to come to the center would be serving, increased traffic and the noise disruptions so near the school. In an earlier post, I mentioned my concerns about the construction noise being particularly disruptive to the students who are in the trailer classrooms. (The school is at 130 percent capacity this year.) The final zoning hearing was held Monday night and according to the Aegis story, one of the attendees expressed concerns that noise from the restaurants could be disruptive to students. She suggested the trailers closest to the center might be moved to another part of the school grounds. The story says that after a decision is reached on the proposal, a reccommendation will be made to the Harford County Council and if there are no appeals, the decision would become final in 20 days. To keep tabs on the zoning decision, you can check the county’s zoning decisions site at The case no. is 5556.