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The Charles County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve changes to a previously approved preliminary plan Monday evening.

The original iteration of the plan in question for the Turtle Creek development, located off Masons Crossing Road and Gallant Lane in Waldorf, was first approved in 2003 according to the Planning and Growth Management staff report. Additional changes to the plan were approved in 2009 and 2010, and last night’s revisions qualify as major, said PGM staff member Heather Kelly during her presentation to the board.

The changes, Kelly said, include replacing Musk Turtle Court, a road approved as a public road and cul-de-sac, with a private drive called Musk Turtle Place, and reconfiguring four of the development’s lots to flag lots. The revisions also provided updates to the plan’s compliance with forest conservation easements.

Member Joe Tieger expressed concerns about the plan’s ability to keep up with environmental regulations, asking why the developer, Lorenzi, Dodds and Gunnill, had not chosen to use conservation landscaping in building. Tieger also noted four stream crossings in the project and questioned their permit standing, along with their infrastructure strength.

Tieger was assured that the stream crossings would have to be permitted and inspected appropriately prior to construction.

Tieger also revisited a question posed by member Joan Jones early in the meeting regarding why the development still was considered one of “superior design” as he felt it “looked like any other rural subdivision.” Tieger also took issue with an agricultural use lot, wondering what would happen if they chose to use the open lot differently. Planning Director Steve Ball replied that any development on that plot would require the developer to come before the commission again.

“It cannot be further subdivided,” Kelly added, noting it also had to meet a 25-acre minimum size.

The board also heard a presentation from Frank Ward, county chief of codes, permits and inspection services, on the construction review and permitting process.

Member Kenneth Smith was absent at Monday’s meeting.

The commission will meet next on Oct. 21.

lrenner@somdnews.com