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12/30/06

Benefit for the WestRhode Riverkeeper

Remember all of the beach and river closures of last summer?  Let's not forget this now that it is cold.  Instead, let's join together to protect the health of our waterways, and have some fun doing it...

Come and support the WestRhode RiverKeeper at a benefit to be held Friday, January 5, 2007, at the Christ Church Parish Hall at the corner of Owensville and Owensville/Sudley Rd.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (children under 12 are free!) and can be purchased at Acousticopia on West St. in Annapolis or at Good Deale Bluegrass in downtown Deale.  Here's the lineup:

        7pm Contra/Square Dance
        Gary Wright and Leah Weiss www.garyandleah.com
        Caller: Jannine Smith

        9pm Concert
        The Seznec Bros (listen @ www.seznecbros.com)
   
     A fun blend of bluegrass, folk, blues and more with an international twist.  These guys are just getting
        started, you will have future bragging rights for having seen them in such a small venue!

The work of the RiverKeepers is very important.  To learn more visit the website: www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org.

 

 

12/18/06

Developer Revises Deale Home Plans

Developer Charles Snyder has unveiled a revised plan to build homes on either side of a narrow beach community road in Deale, much to the chagrin of local residents.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

12/9/06

West River Ruling Could Send Critical Message

The county Board of Appeals has struck a blow for environmental enforcement, denying a retroactive variance for a West River landowner who built in the Critical Area without proper permits.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

12/9/06

Franklin Manor & Columbia Beach Battle Erosion

Franklin Manor and Columbia Beach, two residential enclaves near the base of the Shady Side Peninsula, have undertaken shoreline restoration projects, potentially with help from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

12/8/06

South County Target Plan Delayed

Developers of a controversial Target shopping center in Waysons Corner have been granted a 60-day delay to resubmit parts of the plan, primarily to change the stormwater management design.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

12/7/06

Leopold Signs Order to Protect Watersheds

In one of his first official acts, new Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold signed an executive order yesterday emphasizing that violators of state laws designed to protect critical watersheds could be criminally prosecuted.

Read The Baltimore Sun article

 

 

12/4/06

Elks Landing Proposed Subdivision Meeting Wednesday Night

Its back!  Elks Landing developer Snyder Development Corp. will hold a public meeting Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 6:30 pm at the Deale South County Library.  The developer will discuss their proposal to create 31 single family lots on 25.69 acres.  The developer originally planned to create 62 lots on the property.

 

 

11/26/06

Builder Seeks Homes in Critical Area in Churchton

A developer is proposing to build about twice as many houses on Deep Cove Creek in Churchton as environmental laws appear to allow, pending a review by county land use officials.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

Silt Slips by County

Last week's rain sent more sediment running off the bare earth of the Annapolis Town Center construction site in Parole - right out of a pipe county officials denied was the source of previous problems.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

11/23/06

Deale Safeway Property to Become a Community Center

Four South County churches have joined forces to create a community center on the controversial Safeway property in Deale.  Cedar Grove United Methodist Church announced Sunday that it has signed a deal to buy the 16-acre property at the intersection of Routes 256 and 258, where Safeway once tried to build a strip mall and grocery store.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

11/2/06

Good Deale Bluegrass Jams in The Baltimore Sun

Deale, a community of 5,000 people, has become the Land of Pleasant Pickin'.  Today's Baltimore Sun has an article on the Friday night bluegrass jam sessions at the Good Deale Bluegrass music shop in Deale.

Read The Baltimore Sun article

 

 

10/16/06

Man-made Marsh Key for Builder

Beside a windswept point in St. Michaels, MD, a developer wants to fill four acres of the Miles River with sand and stone - part of a plan to build an artificial wetlands that would allow construction of 279 luxury homes on nearby farmland.  Developer George Valanos says his faux wetlands, planted with spartina grass, would halt erosion and help the Chesapeake Bay.  But to neighbors such as John North, the man-made marsh idea is an environmental scam - a landfill, thinly disguised with grass, that would enable Valanos to put houses closer to the water than the state usually allows.

Read The Baltimore Sun article

 

 

10/4/06

Maryland's Critical Area Commission (CAC) Denied Blackwater Application

Maryland's Critical Area Commission (CAC) today denied an application to build a golf course, hotel, conference center, and retail center in the critical area upstream from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland.

Read the Critical Area Commission Panel Report   Read The Baltimore Sun article

 

 

10/2/06

State DNR Head Questions Target Proposal

Two problems south county residents say will be exacerbated by the proposed Target shopping center in Waysons Corner - pollution and congestion - were underscored recently. The state expressed concern that the project might sully the environmentally sensitive Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, and a real estate company started seeking buyers for a commercial center across Route 4 from the Target site.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

9/29/06

Water Supply Issues Limit Growth in Carroll County

State officials have frozen development in Westminster until new sources of water have been secured for the rapidly growing Carroll County seat, which is scrambling to keep up with its population growth.  The Maryland Department of the Environment said the city could not meet existing water demand during even minor droughts, according to a letter received this week by the mayor of Westminster.

Read The Baltimore Sun article   Read The Baltimore Sun article

 

 

9/25/06

WRYR Concert Fundraiser September 30 at Chief Ike's Mambo Room

On Saturday September 30, 2006, WRYR will holding its first, and hopefully annual, concert fundraiser at Chief Ike's Mambo Room in Washington, D.C.  The concert will be starting at 5 pm and run un til 11 pm.  The event is emcee'd by WRYR's very own Andy Och, host of Local Lowdown, which airs every Sunday from 9pm til 11pm.

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
Chief Ike's Mambo Room
http://www.chiefikes.com

 

The concert lineup includes artists that have been featured or played live on Local Lowdown.  Chief ike's has generously donated their time and facility at no cost.  Tickets are $5.  All proceeds go to WRYR.  Six bands for $5!

 

The concert line-up:

5pm - 6pm Chesapeake Bay singer/songwriter Deanna Dove

6pm - 7pm Karyn Oliver Band (rock/pop) from Baltimore. Karyn is the president of the Baltimore Songwriter's Association and is also involved with WAMA. (Washington Area Musician's Association)

7pm - 8pm The FIF ( hip-hop) from Silver Spring, Maryland.

8pm - 9pm Hand Painted Swinger (rock) from northern Montgomery County.

9pm - 10pm Originators ( ska/punk-funk) from the District Records label

10pm - 11pm Circle 9 (southern alt. country) also from District Records

Chief Ike's is located in Adams Morgan on Columbia Road in Washington, D.C.  To get there, the best way is to go up 18th street through Adams Morgan and turn right on Columbia Road.  Chief Ike's is up on the left.  Check out Chief Ike's web-site for more info.

 

 

9/5/06

SHA Calls for Revisions in Target Traffic Plan

Noting major holes in the traffic study for a proposed Target store and shopping center in Waysons Corner, the State Highway Administration has sent the plans back to the developer.

Read The Capital Article  

 

 

8/30/06

Growth Continues, But Where Will the Water Come From?

Dry west county is saturated with new developments.  Most people in west county have been on some type of water restriction since May 3 because of a water main problem along the Baltimore County line. Having to buy water from other jurisdictions worries the longtime civic leader and others as a wave of new developments looms over their part of the county.  How long before South County is in the same situation?

Read The Capital Article   

 

 

Councilman Drops Lee Airport Plan

County Council Chairman Ed Reilly plans to pull a bill next week that would have cleared the way for a minor land swap needed to build a shopping center next to Lee Airport, saying the developer must resolve environmental issues.

Read The Capital Article   

 

 

8/22/06

County Preserves 400 Acres in South County

County Executive Janet Owens signed a $2.8 million deal yesterday to buy a 400-acre farm in West River, bringing the number of preserved acres in the county to 12,000.

Read The Capital Article   

 

 

8/16/06

Opponents Pack Meeting to Blast Waysons Corner Target Plan

About 450 people packed the bingo parlor to hear Petrie Ross Ventures explain its plan for the sleepy crossroads community in deep south county.  But before the meeting could get under way the crowd set upon the introductory speaker - Petrie lobbyist Robert DiPietro - protesting the format of the meeting, spewing displeasure at the process and the plan with a battle cry to "keep south county rural."

Read The Capital Article   Read The Baltimore Sun Article

 

 

8/6/06

Blessing of the Fleet Festival 2006 Draws Thousands to Shady Side

Blessed by sunny skies and a break from the oppressive heat, about 5,000 people flocked to Shady Side yesterday for the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival.  WRYR was there, again, broadcasting live all day from the event held at Discovery Village.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

8/4/06

Blessing of the Fleet Festival 2006 Tomorrow!

Once again, WRYR will be broadcasting live from the Blessing of Fleet Festival at Discovery Village.

Join the party this year and help us celebrate a great South County tradition.

Blessing of the Fleet 2006

Read The Capital Article

                When:  Saturday, August 5th, 2006
                Where:  Discover Village, Shady Side, MD
(directions)
                   Cost:  FREE!
                Parking:  Free off-site; On-site $5

 

 

7/31/06

County Reverses on Holder Property Plan in Shady Side

With a change that could clear way for 29 homes, County planners have done an about face on a primary concern surrounding an environmentally sensitive Shady Side housing project nearly 10 years in the making.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

7/28/06

Opposition Voiced to Proposed Target in Waysons Corner

Some 250 south county residents packed a school cafeteria last night to take aim at a Target proposed in Waysons Corner, arguing it could be the leading edge of major development in a sleepy corner of the county.  Organized by a new civic group formed to fight what opponents labeled a "destination mall," the meeting drew plenty of vocal objections but no support. Petrie Ross Ventures Annapolis did not send a representative to the gathering in Lothian.

Read The Capital Article     Read The Baltimore Sun Article

WRYR's Inside Track discussed the proposed development on the air July 15, 2006.  Listen to the show here:

Listen to WRYRs Inside Track show on the Target Development

 

 

7/27/06

Pre-Submission Meeting Scheduled for Proposed Target in Waysons Corner

Petrie/Chaney Wayson's Corner, LLC has scheduled the Pre-Submission Meeting on August 15, 2006 for their proposed plans to turn 30 acres of forest into the beginnings of Edgewater-like sprawl. Over 200,000 sq/ft of commercial space aimed primarily at serving the wants of Calvert and Prince George’s County is in the works for Wayson’s Corner.  This meeting is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.  Details are from the County's web-site.

                           Shepherd Property (Posted 7/27/2006)
                           Meeting Date: August 15, 2006
   
                             Time of Meeting: 7:00 p.m.
                                Location: Wayson's Bingo
                          1368 Marlboro Road, Lothian, MD
   
                             Tax Account Number: 8000-0160-8600
                                Council District & Representative: 7 - Edward R. Reilly
                                Tax District: 8
                                Tax Map/Block/Parcel 71/12/166
                                Property Address: 5481 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Lothian, MD 20711.
                          The property is located 1500' southeast of the intersection of MD
408 and MD 4, along MD 4.
   
                             Project Description: Commercial shopping center project on 30.78 acres containing approximately
                          130,267 square feet of commercial/retail space located in a C-4 Highway Commercial zoning district.
   
                             Owner: Ashby C. Shepherd, III and Carter C. Shepherd
                                Developer: Petrie/Chaney Wayson's Corner, LLC
                                Contact Name: Terry Richardson, Petrie-Ross Ventures, LLC
                                Contact Phone Number: (410) 573-2900

 

 

7/21/06

Deale Community Center at the Safeway Site?

If plans by four Methodist churches work out, south county might be blessed with a new community center in Deale where Safeway once wanted to build a controversial shopping center.

Read The Capital Article     Read The Baltimore Sun Article

 

 

7/20/06

National Geographic Salutes Tom Abercrombie

National Geographic salutes long-time SACReD member and friend, Tom Abercrombie, "A Geographic Legend', who recently passed away in April.  From their web-site:  "He had an explorer's spirit, graced with an unquestionable gift for photography and writing, and an inherent curiosity about the world and its people. Armed with a journalist's acumen—and sometimes an AK-47 for safe measure—Tom Abercrombie covered the globe in his 38 years with National Geographic, taking its readers on adventures from Egypt to Easter Island, Alaska to Afghanistan, and beyond.

Tom Abercrombie - A Geographic Life

Tom died recently at the age of 75, but he lives on not only in the embodiment of the 43 articles he produced but also as a friend to many around the world. "His work was the most important thing to him," says his widow and fellow adventurer, Lynn. "I think he would like to be remembered for his love of languages and his love of unique cultures throughout the world."

Tom Abercrombie Remebered at National Geographic   Read The Capital Article

Listen to her behind-the-scenes narration of this slide show of some of Tom's compelling photographs at the National Geographic web-site:

Gallery of Tom Abercrombie's Photos

 

 

7/19/06

Critical Area Law Update Postponed

The Capital reported that County officials announced yesterday that they'll wait until after the fall elections to revise Critical Area protections, taking more time to review proposed changes and consult with environmental groups.  Officials have been working on the changes for the past nine months.  But last month, County Attorney Linda Schuett said the revisions might have to wait until the new County Council and county executive take office in December, because of a Sept. 18 deadline for new legislation to come before the current council.  "The input we have received has been invaluable and points directly to the need to allow more time to adequately craft this important bill," Ms. Schuett said yesterday in a prepared statement. Proposed changes would bar any clearing in the Critical Area, a 1,000-foot buffer along the Chesapeake Bay or any tidal tributary, without prior county approval.  The changes also would increase the fines for illegal clearing and add new requirements for planting and installing impervious surface.

 

 

7/17/06

Blessing of the Fleet Festival 2006 

Once again, WRYR will be broadcasting live from the Blessing of Fleet Festival at Discovery Village.

Last year over 4,000 people showed up to celebrated the return of a lost South County tradition. The "Blessing of the Fleet" Festival was by all accounts a huge success as thousands rediscovered the magic of the bay and our working watermen. This year's Festival promises to be every bit as exciting so come on down.  Discovery Village has again teamed up with the local watermen and the local community to recreate the historic "Blessing of the Fleet" in Parrish Creek.

Join the party this year and help us celebrate a great South County tradition.

Blessing of the Fleet 2006

When:  Saturday, August 5th, 2006
Where:  Discover Village, Shady Side, MD
(directions)
Cost:  FREE!
Parking:  Free off-site; On-site $5

Don't miss this treasured South County tradition. Lots of good food, great music, kids games plus fun for all the family.

Blessing of the Fleet 2004
The "Blessing of the Fleet Festival" was nationally televised on the  MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour 1/08/2003
View past festival photos

 

 

7/13/06

Proposed Target stalled by Public Meeting Rule

In May, a developer met with several south county residents to explain plans for a 27-acre shopping center and Target in Waysons Corner, thinking it fulfilled new county rules requiring a public meeting before plans are submitted for official approval.  Apparently it did not.  County officials will hold up review of a site plan submitted by Petrie Ross Ventures until another meeting, more widely publicized, is held to satisfy notice requirements included in the law that took effect in February.

Read The Capital Article

 

Lothian Civic Association Forms to Fight Waysons Corner Development

Join in the formation of the Lothian Civic Association.

The first project will be to hold an open forum on July 27th to discuss the proposed development at Wayson’s corner.

                        WHEN: Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 PM
                        WHERE: Southern Middle School, Lothian

Petrie/Ross Ventures LLC is proposing to turn 30 acres of forest into the beginnings of Edgewater-like sprawl. Over 200,000 sq/ft of commercial space aimed primarily at serving the wants of Calvert and Prince George’s County is in the works for Wayson’s Corner. The developers are here with a plan and YOU have an opportunity to express your views on this proposal:

• Build a big box retailer, 3 restaurants, up to 20 stores (238,500 sq. ft.) and over 1,120 parking spaces on top of a re-charge area for the Patuxent River and Galloway Creek, compromising one of Lothian’s prime open spaces.

• Further taxing the water supply by drawing 20,000+ gallons a day from our water tables.

• Traffic will be an issue on all secondary roads such as 259, 408, and Route 2. The increase is projected at 5,000 cars per day with highest volume coming during the hours of 3 to 7 pm. These roads are not equipped to handle that kind of volume.

• This Commercial Complex represents the edge of the development wedge for Lothian. Zoning changes, townhouses, apartments, higher taxes, crime, noise, pollution, and increased congestion will likely follow. And if they don’t? The mall will not survive. Either way, the impact on our rural country way of life will be compromised. The Petrie commercial proposal represents the MAXIMUM development for this parcel. It provides nothing for the community beyond the minimum required by the code, and represents the first of what will likely be many attempts to overdevelop Wayson’s Corner. We have an opportunity to let the developers know that we do not want irresponsible development at Wayson’s Corner or any other part of our rural south county, and that their proposal is out of scale with the community! We want to preserve our natural heritage and keep South County rural.

The Lothian Civic Association is working for responsible development by building an understanding for smarter growth in South County. Call them at (410) 741-1644 or (301) 802-4673.In May, a developer met with several south county residents to explain plans for a 27-acre shopping center and Target in Waysons Corner, thinking it fulfilled new county rules requiring a public meeting before plans are submitted for official approval.

 

Listen to Inside Track this Saturday on WRYR to Get the Details

Listen to WRYR's Inside Track this Saturday at 1 pm and find out the details.  Mike Shay will host key organizers working to protect the rural community of Lothian from the BIG BOX invasion. Join the discussion by calling in to WRYR at 410-867-9677.  Coastal communities can listen at 97.5 FM, or listen online at WRYR.org.

 

 

7/10/06

Golf Course Hearing Planned

The Capital reports that tomorrow the Maryland Department of the Environment will hold two simultaneous hearings on plans by millionaire Albert Lord to build a golf course in South County.

Mr. Lord, chairman of the board for student loan giant Sallie Mae, bought 243 acres traversing Polling House Road for $2.4 million in 2004.  He subsequently unveiled plans to build what he called a private 18-hole golf course on the land that will eventually include guest quarters in addition to the five buildings now planned.  The MDE session will cover two primary issues: the impact on local aquifers of pulling millions of gallons of water for greens and fairways, plus what golf course construction will do to local wetlands running along Deep Run and Rock branches.  Mr. Lord has attended local meetings on the proposal and stood to answer questions from the local residents worried about this or that.  He is also planning to attend Tuesdays meeting at in the media center at Southern High School in Harwood. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. 

 

 

7/5/06

Critical Area Rules Hearing Rescheduled

The county has rescheduled a public hearing concerning proposed changes to the Critical Area regulations.  The original hearing scheduled for June 27 was cancelled due to bad weather.  That hearing will now be held at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at South River High School in Edgewater.  The hearing allows people to give their input on the Critical Area law, which protects Maryland's shorelines and the Chesapeake Bay from pollution.

One major change would forbid any clearing in the Critical Area without county approval.  Another would double the fines for illegal clearing.  The changes and a memorandum explaining them are available online at www.aacounty.org.   E-mailed comments can be sent to criticalarea@aacounty.org.

 

 

6/23/06

Concerns About Proposed Changes to Critical Area Law

Anne Arundel County has announced proposed changes in the county's critical area law and has scheduled hearings for public comment. The proposal is complicated.  Bob Gallagher, the West/Rhode Riverkeeper has read the summary of the change (not the bill itself) and he and other riverkeepers, as well as other groups, plan to submit written comments in mid-July.

It is important that those concerned about the Critical Area demonstrate their concern by appearing at the hearings.  We hope you will be able to attend.  Bob Gallagher has outlined below some of his questions and concerns about the proposal.

 

 

6/13/06

County Meetings on Critical Area Update Scheduled

The Anne Arundel County Land Use Office, in cooperation with the Office of Planning and Zoning, the Department of Inspections and Permits, and the Office of Law, announce the release of draft legislation on the County's Critical Area Program.  The draft legislation seeks to include provisions requested by the Critical Area Commission and to bring further certainty to the requirements applicable in the critical area.  The legislation favors simple, clear, and reasonable requirements that fully protect the critical area.  The public is invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about the proposed legislation and provide input.

Read the Press Release   Read The Capital Article

 

 

6/4/06

Battling Wal-Mart has become a Maryland tradition

At least three times in the past 15 years, bitter fights over proposed Wal-Marts have ignited, dividing neighbors, dragging on for years and -- in some cases -- providing examples of how to win.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

6/1/06

Target Store Coming to South County?

Petrie Ventures apparently plans to build a Target department store at the southern edge of the county, with the opening slated for the fall of 2007 -- months before the store included in the massive Annapolis Towne Center at Parole

Read The Capital Article

 

 

5/3/06

Report Says Enforcement of Critical Area Law Lacking

The state's Critical Area Law lacks teeth to fully protect the Chesapeake Bay in part because local jurisdictions don't have enough resources to enforce it and often side with development over environmental protection, according to a new study released today.  The full report is available on the law clinic web site: www.law.umaryland.edu/Environment/clinic.asp.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

4/4/06

Friend & Member, Tom Abercrombie Will Be Missed

Tom Abercrombie, retired National Geographic magazine photographer, writer, and long-time SACReD member - who traveled the globe from Antarctica to the Amazon by Land Rover, camel, plane and yak - passed away yesterday of complications following heart surgery.  Mr. Abercrombie was 75.  He and his wife, Marilyn, were married in 1952 and lived in Shady Side for 40 years when he, or the both of them, were not off on assignment. Tom will be truly missed.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

3/2/06

Elks Landing is BACK, Deale!

Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 7th at 6pm
Cedar Grove Methodist Church

In 2002 Snyder Development proposed a 62 home subdivision for the former Elks & Milne properties. Everyone from the Deale citizens to the Queen of Sprawl rejected that proposal as being "Bad for Deale". They're back with a new plan and YOU have an opportunity to express your views on a plan that proposes to:

" Build 33 homes in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area on about 25 acres of mostly non-tidal wetlands.
" Destroy one of Deale's last open spaces
" Further tax the water supply by adding 33 new wells.
" Cover valuable wetlands with "impervious" surfaces concrete, roofs, driveways, and roadways. Wetlands prevent existing homes from being flooded. They also remove pollutants before they flow into our creeks and the Chesapeake Bay.
" Construct stormwater management ponds in nontidal and TIDAL wetlands and in the federally-mapped 100-year FLOOD PLAIN
" Increase traffic on one and two-lane roads, making it even harder for emergency vehicles to get to our neighbors in need.

Snyder Development's 33 home proposal represents the MAXIMUM build out for this parcel. It provides nothing for the community beyond the minimum required by the code, a small isolated community recreation area.

Under the new County Code, Snyder Development is required to meet with the community and present their plan for the subdivision. This is Snyder Developments third attempt at complying with County Code. This is your last chance to speak out about this proposal before it is sent to the County.

Deale is not alone.  South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development (SACReD) is working to stop Elks Landing and to assist others fighting for smarter growth. Call SACReD at (410) 867-8605.

Join us
Public Meeting
March 7th Tue 6 pm
Cedar Grove Methodist Church
 

 

2/23/06

Crandell Cover Appeal Goes to Circuit Court

Anthony and Stacey Lanzaron, who live across from the site, have appealed a Board of Appeals decision to grant Crandell Cove Inc. an extension of the deadline to build 32 units along Franklin Manor Road.  The timing issue comes from variance and special exceptions granted to allow the project to move forward: Projects must be completed within two years of obtaining such considerations.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

2/21/06

County's Rules on Developers Begin with Some Stumbles

While the county recently began requiring builders to hold public meetings on their projects and pass on the comments to county officials, the results have been mixed, according to some community activists and others attending the meetings.  This article INCORRECTLY states that WRYR provided the developer with a copy of the audio recording of the meeting to create a formal record.  WRYR did NOT provide the developer a copy of the audio recording of the meeting.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

2/16/06

Maryland Water Supplies Threatened By Development?

The Baltimore Sun reports that experts say the state's growing population is straining its water-supply networks, making it increasingly vulnerable to drought. Unless steps are taken, shortages and water-use restrictions could become a chronic woe in some parts of the state.

Read The Baltimore Sun Article

 

 

2/12/06

Bill Would Help Citizens Groups Fight Growth

Del. Bob Costa has introduced a bill that would let more citizens groups fight proposed developments, but opponents are lining up - some saying it goes too far, others, not far enough.  The bill would allow any community or condominium association within a half-mile of a project to appeal a zoning change or building permit approval.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

2/8/06

Scenic Road Protection Deals Blow to Religious School Plans

Plans to build a religious school in Lothian were dealt a serious blow when the Anne Arundel County Council passed a measure this week that severely limits development along nearly two dozen rural roads in the southern half of the county. The County Council made it tougher to build along rural south county roads, barring everything from country clubs to rubble landfills from being located along 22 roads from Davidsonville to Bristol.

Read The Baltimore Sun Article

 

 

2/7/06

South County Scenic Road Protection Passed

The County Council made it tougher to build along rural south county roads last night, despite a councilman's protests that the protections should apply countywide.  By a 6-1 vote, the council approved an ordinance barring everything from country clubs to rubble landfills from being located along 22 roads from Davidsonville to Bristol.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

2/2/06

Marina Owner Wants Critical Area Restrictions Eased

The Maryland Critical Area Commission is weighing whether to ease development restrictions at Herrington Harbour North, the largest marina in the county.  Owner Steuart Chaney said there are no immediate plans for major changes on the 61-acre property, and that he requested the new classification to correct a 20-year-old mapping error.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

1/27/06

Skipjack Mary Stewart Bowsprit Repairs

Just like the rest of the Mary Stewart, her new bowsprit is being made the old-fashioned way.  Owner Mike Shay, Project Director for WRYY-LP, has set up shop in a bay of the Discovery Village complex in Shady Side, where the 65-foot, 25-ton skipjack Mary Stewart is moored, and begun carving a 600-pound trunk of yellow pine.

Read The Capital Article

 


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