When: February 20, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. Where: IHOP in Prince Frederick Contact: Roberta Safer
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Team members attend the public meetings. (The Board of County Commissioners meets on Tuesday mornings, the Board of Education meets every other Thursday with some evening meetings, and the Planning Commission meets the second Wednesday of the month in the evenings.) Members file a short report, and describe their impressions to fellow team members and to the League Board.
County Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update
Three workshops were held in Sept/Oct as part of the Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Ordinance updating process. According to the Dept. of Community Planning & Building, the next round of public meetings will be in the next phase, Develop Plan and Ordinance. These focus topic/issue meetings have not been scheduled yet. The Dept. anticipates these will be held the first part of 2017.
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Prince Frederick Town Center Development
On August 25, 2016, the Calvert Coalition for Smart Growth filed an Appeal of the Commissioners' decision to adopt the Armory Square text amendments. Visit the Coalition's website for more info.
On July 26, 2016 the Board of County Commissioners approved Text Amendment 15-08a, which pertains to the New Town District (former middle school site and proposed Armory Square development). The changes will allow:
an increased density from 14 to 24 units per acres;
an increase in the maximum height of buildings from 50' to 60';
a reduction of setbacks along all arterial roadway rights-of-way to the lesser of either 10 feet from the property line or 25' from the nearest travel-lane; and
increase the allowable square footage of big boxes to 150,000 square feet plus up to 45,000 square feet of outdoor sales area.
Immediately after approving these changes, a presentation was made to the County Commissioners by the Peterson Group, a nationwide development company who is in negotiations with the County and Bargo, LLC (owners of the Armory Square property) to enter into a Development Agreement to develop the properties.
According to the County Attorney's memo attached to the agenda, the next steps will be to: (1) order additional appraisals of the County-owned properties; (2) meet with Bargo and The Peterson Companies to discuss a Development Agreement that identifies compensation for the County-owned properties and addresses benefits for the community consistent with the 2013 Charrette and horizontal integration of retail and residential uses, public amenities and green spaces within a walkable development.
The League...Live! Vice President Roberta Safer talks about the League on Comcast. Click here to view.
Transparency of County Governance The League of Women Voters of Calvert County (LWVCC) has issued a report that assesses the effectiveness of the Calvert County government in engaging its citizens in important county decisions.Click here to access the report.
Observer Corps The Board of County Commissioners Observer Team is actively seeking volunteers. The team is also soliciting ideas for guest speakers for 2016. To suggest a speaker or find out more about volunteering, please contact Sharron Bickel, 610-410-5840 or email@example.com.