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Meeting Dec. 11 - Entire Proposed Developement is in the Critical Area


They said it could not be done.  Your neighbor, Wetland developer Phil Hazen, goes to the Highest Court in the State of Maryland to prove it can be done.  You have the opportunity to see for your self the last Chapter in this Saga, the hearing for the development of the last of the wetlands in Deale at the bottom of the Shady Side peninsula.  The proposed development is entirely inside the 100 buffer of the Critical Area.  The Court of Special Appeals has set the hearing on the Hazen Development for December 11, 2013 at 9 AM.  The Court building is at the intersection of Taylor and Rowe Blvd (the entrance faces back toward the church).  

Critical choices: Spirit of the law

Pat Furgurson comments on the abysmal application of the Critical Area Law:  Across bay country variances, special exceptions and waivers allowed under the law provide loopholes to Critical Area protections, and the onslaught continues, often contrary to the spirit, and sometimes the letter, of the law.

Read The Capital Article




Turtle Run Rejected by County

Anne Arundel County planners recently rejected the proposed Turtle Run development plan to combine the potential density from scattered south county lots in order to build in the Critical Area along the Churchton waterfront. The project has been in the works for years.  

Read The Capital Article




Critical choices: Spirit of the law

Pat Furgurson comments on the abysmal application of the Critical Area Law:  Across bay country variances, special exceptions and waivers allowed under the law provide loopholes to Critical Area protections, and the onslaught continues, often contrary to the spirit, and sometimes the letter, of the law.

Read The Capital Article




Churchton Residents Hope to Halt Critical Area Project

Local residents trying to conserve the waterfront and prevent 15 homes from being built on the north shore of Deep Cove Creek in Churchton are crying foul.

Read The Capital Article




South County's 'Own' Grocery Opens

It took years, but south county residents have officially gotten their own modern, locally owned grocery store with the grand opening of Christopher's Fine Foods.

Read The Capital Article




Book Features Tom & Lynn Abercrombie Travels

"The most satisfying journey is one that is shared."  That quote introduces and is the point behind a coffee table book of photographs from around the globe put together by the family of the late Tom Abercrombie, one of last swashbuckling, globe-trotting writer-photographers at National Geographic.

Read The Capital Article




Two Rivers Harvest Benefit Auction

Please consider attending the Two Rivers Harvest Auction, November 6th, in Galesville to benefit the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, a great organization dedicated to protecting the environmental in south county.

Two Rivers Harvest Benefit Auction




South County Zoning 'Demarcation' Line Survives

Two of County Executive Leopold's vetoes to nix controversial zoning changes that would increase development in southern Anne Arundel County survived being overturned by the County Council.  The first would have allowed commercial development to cross Central Avenue in Edgewater, a road dubbed by planners the "demarcation line" separating suburban development from rural areas.  The second would have allowed commercial development at the Lothian Circle, which community members have long contended should remain as it is.  The moves end a summer-long, contentious process to rezone southern Anne Arundel and the Annapolis area.

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Leopold Vetoes Controversial Zoning Changes

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold issued 16 vetoes yesterday afternoon to nix controversial zoning changes that would increase development in southern Anne Arundel County. The county councilman who pushed for those changes - at times over the vehement objections of his constituents - plans to muster votes to overturn most of them.

Read The Capital Article




Zoning Battle Far From Over

Foes of controversial zoning changes for southern Anne Arundel County are sharpening their weapons for the next battle.  County Executive John R. Leopold's staff is drawing up veto documents, planning to unleash them no later than Wednesday. County Councilmen who objected to the changes - and asked for vetoes - are forming political strategies to avoid having those vetoes overturned. And a coalition of community groups frustrated that the changes violate planning rules are preparing a lawsuit unless enough of those zoning tweaks are vetoed.

Read The Capital Article




Zoning Showdowns Culminate Monday

For the scores of constituents up in arms, County Councilman Jerry Walker has crossed the line. Now, believing that Walker has violated a sacred boundary during the recent rezoning process, angry south county residents have called for a veto of his latest legislation and questioned how to recall him.  Rallies are planned in advance of tomorrow night's council meeting, both from residents urging politicians to vote down the changes and from people who spent months persuading lawmakers to adopt them.

Read The Capital Article




County Council Upzones South County Properties - Leopold Says Citizen Work "Trampled"

In spite of the concerns of professional planners, the County Council last night approved a dozen zoning changes that would intensify development in Anne Arundel County, clearing the way for a Fiat dealership in Edgewater and allowing commercial development to cross the "line of demarcation" designed to keep south county rural.

Read The Capital Article




Councilman Walker’s Approach to Zoning Ignores Community’s Good Planning and Hard Work

The owner of the three parcels of undeveloped land surrounding Lothian Circle, Franklin Chaney, wants to up-zone his land to C1 Commercial so he can sell it quickly or develop it himself. 

It’s currently zoned Rural Agricultural (RA), like much of the land down here.  Lothian Circle's purpose is to move traffic up and down Route 2 (Solomons Island Road). 

Enter Councilman Jerry Walker (R-Districe 7). He doesn’t support the Small Area Plan. He wants to handle the re-zoning himself.  He held three town meetings this spring to discuss up-zoning.  He said he was there to listen. None of the members of the community present, other than the landowner, rose to support up-zoning Lothian Circle. 

   Read The Article




Crowd Expected for County's New Zoning Forum

Environmentalist Mike Shay wants to preserve 112 undeveloped acres near the West River in Shady Side, even though he doesn't own it. Community activist Jim Doyle has rallied his Edgewater neighborhood to stop a car dealership from replacing a vacant police station.  Both men are among scores expected to descend on the Planning Advisory Board tomorrow night for a new forum designed to inject transparency into the rezoning process.

   Read The Capital Article




Development of Rural Areas Challenges Advocates, Planners

For nearly nine years, neighbors and preservationists have fought the Crandall Cove development of 32 senior apartments on land given to James' nonprofit group, decrying the move to develop the heavily forested land in Churchton overlooking the waters of Deep Cove Creek. County land use officials have ruled that his project is inappropriate for the area, where County Executive John R. Leopold is trying to delay the consideration of broad zoning changes.

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SACReD Addresses Severn Bank Shareholders

For 5 Years  South Arundel Citizens for Responsible  Development, as  shareholders of Severn Bank, have been attending and  participating in the annual shareholders meeting.

As part owners in  Severn Bank we are pushing management to  change current funding  practices that are unsustainable, both environmentally and economically.

On April 28th, our presentation to  the Bank  and Shareholders was filmed so that those in the  Sustainable  and  Environmental Community Movement would  have the opportunity to share in  this moment, to help change the current practices of Severn Bank.

In this  presentation you will see  compelling pictures of  lands saved by our organization, the practices of funding speculative   developers,  and the missed opportunities for sustainable  investment in our  community.

Your watching this short  Video will help save one of the most  important natural lands  left intact in Anne Arundel County.  The secret is out.

This video is posted at:



South County Farmer Works with Southern Maryland Meats Program

Allen Calhoun runs Ivy Neck Farm.  As part of the ninth generation of family members to the farm in Harwood, he has always been environmentally conscious.  He takes the same approach to raising beef. His 48 cows are entirely grass-fed, and they receive no antibodies and no growth hormones. Colhoun started selling beef directly to consumers about four years ago - before then, his business was all wholesale - and said there's an increased demand for locally grown, humanely produced meats.

   Read The Capital Article




South County Re-Zoning Workshop

Growth Action Network (GAN)*
A Workshop on Comprehensive Re-Zoning in South County
Southern High School Media Center

Thursday, March 10, 7 pm – 9 pm

Why this Matters:
Every ten years Anne Arundel County considers property owners requests to change the zoning on their property.  The process is underway now.  Forty+ requests for zoning changes in South County (generally the area south of Rt 214, Central Ave to the Calvert Co line on the South & the Patuxent River on the East) have been submitted.  Some of these changes could significantly change the rural character of South County.

The County Council is expected to introduce legislation on these changes (and potentially others) in May.  Maps & descriptions are found at

Now is the time for citizens to examine changes that may affect your property values and your quality of life and tell the Council and County Executive what you think. 

The Workshop will be conducted by highly experienced volunteers and is free.  You will learn to:

          - Identify and evaluate zoning proposals that may impact you
    - Effectively present your ideas to County officials

      Questions contact:
Mike Lofton  410-867-3623
*Growth Action is a coalition of individuals, homeowners associations, civic and environmental organizations formed in 2007 who work together to monitor growth and development in Anne Arundel County.




Turtles Run From Development That Would Gobble Up Forested Wetlands

Take a look at this aerial photo of the lush green forest beside Deep Cove Creek in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Does this look like the right place to build a subdivision, with driveways and roofs replacing the trees beside this Chesapeake Bay tributary?  Read the article from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Bay Daily.

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Church to Build School Near Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Attorneys for Anne Arundel County and the Riverdale Baptist Church reached a $3.25 million settlement Thursday in a federal lawsuit claiming that county zoning laws infringed on the church's religious rights.  The agreement, reached on the 12th day of lengthy jury trial, clears the way for the church to build a long-planned Baptist school on 57 acres it owns near the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian.

Read The Baltimore Sun article




MDE Hearing for Turtle Run Held

The Maryland Department of the Environment held a hearing on a proposed 18-home Critical Area development in Churchton that opponents say will damage both the reptile and the waterway it is named after.

Read The Capital Article




South County Grocer Finally Breaks Ground on New Store

After years of wrangling permits and overcoming financing woes brought on by a bad economy, the local operators of the Deale FoodRite broke ground on their new store in Churchton on Friday.

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County Council Nixes Impact Fee Discounts

Developers will not get discounts on the fees that pay for growth, ending a two-month County Council debate on whether to buttress the flagging construction industry by subsidizing the cost of development.

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It's Time We Stand Up & Fight to Save the Chesapeake Bay

Mike Shay pens a Guest Column in The Capital:  Everyone wants to have a healthy bay and most want to do their part, but for the most part our elected officials and the institutions that fund their campaigns have failed us. Our current leaders have not simply failed us, they have misled us.

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County Council Rejects Developer Discount

After public outcry over extending discounts to developers, the County Council last night changed course.  A "compromise" adopted unanimously will keep intact a scheduled increase to impact fees for now, but it will slow future increases as the building industry struggles to recover from the recession.

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Tom Wisner 1930 - 2010

It was reported with great sadness that Tom Wisner has passed.  Tom Wisner was recently honored by Maryland Governor O'Malley by naming the Education center at King’s Landing Park in Calvert County after him: Tom Wisner Hall at King’s Landing Park.  Known as Bard of the Bay, Wisner raised awareness among children and adults for the past 40 years about the spirit, beauty, and human connection to the Chesapeake Bay through folk music.  In 2002, the World Folk Music Association gave him the John Denver Award.  Tom Wisner also hosted Chesapeake Country on local radio station WRYR-LP 97.5 FM.

Tom Wisner   Tom Wisner Live at the WRYR Studio with Tom Horton




Rulings Restrict Clean Water Act, Foiling E.P.A.

Thousands of the nation’s largest water polluters are outside the Clean Water Act’s reach because the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by that law, according to interviews with regulators.  As a result, some businesses are declaring that the law no longer applies to them. And pollution rates are rising.  Companies that have spilled oil, carcinogens and dangerous bacteria into lakes, rivers and other waters are not being prosecuted, according to Environmental Protection Agency regulators working on those cases, who estimate that more than 1,500 major pollution investigations have been discontinued or shelved in the last four years.

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Governor O'Malley Honors Tom Wisner

Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works (BPW) today honored three Marylanders who devoted their lives to conservation and stewardship. At the request of the Governor, the Board acted to approve naming of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) properties in honor of folk-singer and educator Tom Wisner, Park Ranger Julie Scheiker, and long-timer DNR employee Gary Yoder.

The Education center at King’s Landing Park in Calvert County will be named the Tom Wisner Hall at King’s Landing Park. Known as Bard of the Bay, Wisner has been raising awareness among children and adults for the past 40 years about the spirit, beauty, and human connection to the Chesapeake Bay through folk music. In 2002, the World Folk Music Association gave him the John Denver Award.

“Tom was Maryland’s first official environmental educator, who has connected generations of school children to the Bay through music, art, and poetry, and whose footsteps thousands of us continue to follow. Tom is a true hero of the Bay,” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Education Don Baugh.

Tom Wisner hosts Chesapeake Country on WRYR.

Read the Article.



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