2.26.2017 HCA General Meeting
18 people in attendance
Erin led meeting.
Recap of Calvert 2040 Workshops:
- Defined Town Center per 2040 documents.
- As long as Dunkirk doesn’t put in sewers they will be limited
- Prince Frederick – Citizens came up with a charrette but commissioners changed zoning to allow box stores.
- Conversation about what was said at 2040 meetings thus far by Planning leaders.
- Conversation about planning commission and who was hired to help w/planning.
- Conversation about traffic
- Route 4/231 is busiest intersection according to MD State Highway
- 3 lanes from north of Stoakley Rd to just south of Prince Frederick
- Commissioners are developing despite names (town center, village, hamlet, etc.)
- We should possibly be more aggressive with zoning in those areas, defining what is and what is not allowed.
- Individual Master Plans will no longer exist. Everything will go under the Comprehensive Plan.
- There was a study done about money leaving the county – home improvement & furniture were the two biggest sources of money leaving the county.
- Why can we not improve what is already here or put new businesses into existing buildings instead of building new structures?
- We need more activities for all ages instead of just buying stuff.
- Nothing for kids to do in the county.
- Small businesses give back to the community vs big business getting county tax breaks and money flowing out of the county.
- What can we do in Huntingtown and/or as Huntingtown?
- Pay attention to what is going on
- Go to 2040 Workshops
- Come up with what an acceptable village is and float the idea to others
- Is there a way we could argue against more development because of evacuation?
- Power Plant
- Evacuation is not an unlikely situation.
- So what would Huntingtown characteristic village look like?
- No water/sewer
- How would this affect Fire/EMS?
- 1 Commissioner trying to fire all volunteers and start taxes for all paid Fire/EMS
- If we get a say on designation, we then have to pay attention to zoning ordinances set up.
- Would changing from Minor Town Center to Village keep the same borders or would they change?
- What would zoning and taxes be with a Village vs Minor Town Center?
- What happens to the revenue stream?
- We need a variety of privately owned businesses instead of corporations.
- Sidewalks are challenging to add because there is no room.
- How tall do we allow buildings?
- Can’t use HVFD as an excuse to limit stories.
- Some houses have 3 floors, which is also something to consider.
- Village definition in 2040 plan doesn’t define “residential.”
- How can we get more Huntingtown people involved with planning?
- Sign at Convenience Center
- Newspapers – Calvert Recorder
- Word of mouth
- Flyers up at churches/food pantries
- Calvert Coalition for Smart Growth
- Can ask them questions about 2040 information
- Privately funded & donations
- Community needs to convey importance of attendance
- Letters to the editor are big – Commissioners hate those.
- Legal case against county commissioners does slow box store going in
- Commissioners are using an outside attorney, but using the county budget to pay them.
- Ask deeper definitions and intentions on “village” and bring that back to group to discuss.
- Post 2040 Workshop dates on HuntingtownCitizensAssociation.com
3/27 – Calvert 2040 Workshop – Fostering Community