A contentious debate over whether to place a new funeral home on Route 108 in Clarksville is set to continue Tuesday night at a Board of Appeals hearing.
A spokesperson for the Board of Appeals said Tuesday's hearing is likely to consist of testimony, with a decision highly unlikely.
The issue has united a few residential communities in opposition to the funeral home that would be located on a three-acre wooded lot on Route 108, between St. Louis Catholic and Christ Lutheran Church.
The residents argue the funeral home is a cultural, environmental and community issue, while the lawyer for the potential owner says the proposal meets all the requirements it needs to be approved.
The debate between the residents and the owner, Jay Donaldson, has waged in community meetings now for more than two years. The funeral home was originally rejected by the Howard County hearing examiner in Nov. of 2010 and has since been awaiting a ruling from the Board of Appeals.
Donaldson already owns two other funeral homes in Prince George's County. Sang Oh, the lawyer for Donaldson, said Donaldson is interested in building the funeral home in Clarksville because there's a need in the area. The closest funeral home to the proposed location is Witzke Funeral Home, which is about 10 miles away on Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.
In order to make accomodations to the nearby residents, the funeral home application has been modified over the past year to include more parking spaces, a smaller building, an increased buffer to adjoining properties and an extended deceleration lane.
The meeting tonight is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.