The rallies have ended, but the public can still have a say in the Kohl’s in Forest Hill development process


    The Kohl’s in Forest Hill plan ended its cycle of public hearings (and, it appears, it’s opposition rallies) with that May 7 Development Advisory Committee meeting. But the public can still add its input as the development winds its way through the approval process. I called over to the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning to find out what happens next with the plan to build a 102,670 square foot Kohl’s department store on a 10.5-acre parcel owned by the Klein family at the corner of Rock Spring Road and Osborne Parkway. The developers still need to satisfy a variety of county departments before they can earn all their approvals and start to apply for building permits. During this process, which I’m told usually takes about six months, the public can continue to add their input by writing to the Department of Planning and Zoning at 220 South Main Street, 2nd Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014. Their comments will be added to the file and taken under consideration by the departments that are reviewing the development plan. As of this past Friday, the Water and Sewer Department had denied the series of information the developers presented and sent it back to the developers to correct some issues. The highway department had yet to submit its comments on the development. From what I heard about the D.A.C. meeting, both members of the public, school representatives and the sheriff’s office had expressed concerns about traffic safety in the area. Although no more meetings are scheduled to hear public comment on the development, anyone can keep up with how it’s developing by calling the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410.638.3103 or 410.879.2000.

    Click here for earlier BANV posts about the Village at Forest Lakes development.

    Click here for the website set up by the No Kohl’s in Forest Hill group.