Water from your faucet & our local environment?

If you care about Calvert County’s Environmental, Natural and Water Resources and want to make sure our plan for the next 20 years protects these, start reading and writing now. Mistakes and oversights in the conservation of these thing are often permanently damaging and irreversible. We need to get it right the first time.

You only have until this Friday August 31 close of business(COB) to e-mail the Planning Commission at pz@calvertcountymd.gov  (“Calvert 2040 comments” in the subject line) on these topics of the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan, May 2018 draft.  (Comments on Government & Community Facilities are also due.) This is because at 7pm on Wednesday Sept 19, 2018 the Planning Commission will be “discussing” these subjects.  The meeting is at Harriet Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Rd in Prince Frederick and open to the public.

We will help you get that done. You can find the whole Comp Plan 2018 Draft here, and jump ahead to the page numbers we identify. Page 59 for Env’t & Natural Resources and to page 124 for Water Resources. Below are some highlights & lowlights, including page numbers, to speed your reading:

  • Establishment or expansion of sewer systems in Town Centers.  Huntingtown is a Town Center (Pg 133)
  • A 2014 study found “levels in Calvert’s aquifers have decreased by between 61 and 199 feet as increases in pumping…have caused groundwater levels to continually decline which could affect the availability of drinking water…in Calvert County” (Pg 126).   Arsenic in well water (Pg 129)
  • “The most prevalent pollutants within Calvert County’s watershed are nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment” and “the county’s major point-source polluters are wastewater treatment plants.” (Pg 66)
  • Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan was last updated in 1993…25 years ago. A stream survey indicating 56% of County streams were in poor or very poor condition. (Pg 63)
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have identified 20 animal and 83 plant species as Rare, Threatened and Endangered in Calvert  (Pg 60)
  • 65% of forest interior habitat is threatened by development (Pg 68)
  • Calvert County does meet the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (pg 70)
  • Nuclear waste from Calvert Cliffs Power Plant is currently stored on site because a federal repository is not yet available (Pg 72)

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Where to live, how to make money & other key issues…

Do you plan ahead with your $$$…how much do you have and how much is left after paying the bills? Is your home important to you? How much can you pay in rent or mortgage, and what style of housing suits your needs? What else is most important?  Schools, minimizing traffic on your commute, protecting our natural resources, frugal government spending, building more apartments and shopping centers?

How will Calvert County address these key issues for ALL OF US in the next 20 years until the year 2040? That is the big question that the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan will try to answer. It is the OFFICIAL policy document that touches every decision. The Planning Commission (PC) will hold a work session tomorrow evening, Wednesday August 22nd at 7pm at the Calvert Pines Senior Center at 450 West Dares Beach Rd in Prince Frederick. Come and listen. Comp Plan Chapter 6 on Housing, Chapter 8 on Economic Development and Chapter 2 on Key Issues identified by the citizens will be studied. Please attend to see if the PC is representing you.

What? No one asked YOU what the key issues are for Calvert County? That is because the Comp Plan update process has not effectively sought out the opinion of Calvert citizens. Sure, the info is posted on the county website but you are expected to visit the site yourself, unearth the info, read it, and provide feedback via e-mail to pz@calvertcountymd.gov. Who has time for that? How about an online survey, a postcard in the mail, someone taking notes on a tablet, 30 second video interviews at local events, being able to ask questions at a meeting and getting a response on the spot? Nope, none of that. But the private groups who have taken the initiative to say what they want, seem to have been heard loud and clear. Will their needs benefit the rest of us?

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National Night Out is TONIGHT 8/7th from 6pm to 8pm

Is your neighborhood hosting an event?  If not, join your fellow Huntingtown residents for National Night Out(NNO) TONIGHT Tuesday evening August 7th, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Huntingtown Citizens Association(HCA) is coordinating a gathering at the picnic benches in the heart of Huntingtown Town Center(4300 Hunting Creek Rd)…just look for the NNO banner and some freebie giveaway items.

Bring your family and a picnic dinner or buy your food inside the local stores. We will have a craft for the kids.  You will run into some old pals, and hopefully make some new ones.  We’ve created a Facebook event, but please share with your neighbors who might prefer the old-fashioned way of communicating.

NNO is a community building campaign that promotes camaraderie and police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.  In Calvert County, the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc (CASSA) partners with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police barrack “U”, officers will be stopping by our event too.

Hope to see you there!

Huntingtown Citizens Association (HCA)

E-mail us at huntingtowncitizens@gmail.com or visit our website Huntingtowncitizensassociation.com

Link to Calvert Beacon article about National Night Out in Calvert County

Detailed list of participating communities w/locations on CAASA website

Link to National Night Out website

How to preserve rural character & have vibrant Town Centers too?

Purpose, Mission & Visions… that is the title of Chapter 1 of the May 2018 draft of the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan. Why is this even important to me, you ask?

This is the official policy document to guide a slew of functional and smaller plans, including the Huntingtown Town Center master plan.  All these plans have rules and ordinances that do affect you; your commute to work, your home value, the taxes you pay, your water supply, your children’s school, the rural character for which you have remained here or which you moved here to enjoy.

This Wednesday July 18th at 7pm the Planning Commission(PC) will begin a detailed review of the May 2018 draft of the Comp Pan, beginning with Ch 1.  PC meetings take place at the Harriet Brown Community Center at 901 Dares Beach Rd in Prince Frederick. Public is welcome, but public comments are not welcome. You can e-mail your comments with Calvert 2040 Comp Plan in the subject line here:  PZ@calvertcountymd.gov

If you can’t attend the meeting, see if your friend or neighbor can attend and share information with you. Read on please…

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Honk Honk…Will traffic get worse?

Traffic photo

Worried you will see more of this on your way home?  We are worried too.

Attend the Community Forum on the Comp Plan this Thursday June 21 from 6:30 – 9pm  @ the Calvert High School auditorium, 600 Dares Beach Rd in Prince Frederick, MD.

Learn more about traffic, higher density housing, TDR’s and the location of water & sewer in Huntingtown and Calvert county as a whole. Ask questions and get answers in a group. Please share with neighbors, friends or your HOA.

Click here to view more event info.

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Oops, mistakes happen when you rush..

In their rush to gather all the comments from the 2nd draft of the Comp Plan and put them on the agenda for this Wed 6/20 7pm Planning Commission(PC) meeting, staff DID NOT redact the e-mail address of citizens who provided comments. They even failed to take out the Planning Commission’s own member e-mail addresses on page 27. Oops, mistakes sure do happen when you are rushing.  (link to memo comments)

What other errors are there in this draft, which the Planning Commission obviously feels pressured to send forward to the State of MD and for joint public hearing with the BOCC at the same time?  (Not one after the other, so it happens more quickly.)  The comments were shared with the PC admin on June 14th, which leaves all of 4 whole business days to read about 60 comments on 140 pages. The PC should not decide anything on June 20th just so the BOCC can check a box on their to-do list.

See what happens next week on Wednesday June 20th at 7pm at the Harriet Brown Community Center at 901 Dares Beach Rd in Prince Frederick. Please share this info with neighbors and friends. If you can’t attend, ask someone to report back to you. Thank you.

You can still send in comments on the 2nd draft to pz@calvertcountymd.gov and they will be provided to the PC at their July meeting.

June 20 2018 PC agenda

2nd Draft of the Comprehensive Plan

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the 2nd Draft by Keep Calvert Country

Huntingtown Citizens Association web page

Today & Tomorrow, last Open Houses on 2nd draft Comp Plan

You have 2 chances left to check out the 2nd Draft of the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan. After this, you know how hard it is to stop a boulder rolling downhill. If you go,  FILL OUT & HAND IN A COMMENT CARD. Staff does not take notes on what you ask/suggest…you have to write it down! 2nd Draft of Comprehensive Plan Document

TODAY : Tuesday, 6/12  Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department,
                                                     3170 West Ward Rd, Dunkirk 6:30-8:30pm
                                            OR
Wednesday, 6/13  Calvert Marine Museum,
                                  14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons 6:30-8:30pm
                                                     ALSO

       Thursday, 6/21 Keep Calvert Country will host a COMMUNITY FORUM TO DISCUSS THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN from 6:30-9pm at Calvert High School Auditorium, 600 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick

If you can’t attend, you can still send in your comments via E-mail to  pz@calvertcountymd.gov  Put 2nd draft in the subject line.

If you read this far, please share this with your neighbors and friends, especially someone who does not use Facebook, is not in the internet, etc. They need to know too. Thank you.

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Is your Huntingtown a Growth Area?

We read all 196 pages on the Comp Plan 2nd draft.  Here are some Huntingtown highlights. Please share. More to come…

  1. Huntingtown remains a minor town center (not a village) and all Town Centers are GROWTH AREAS. (ES-4, page 7)
  2. The Future Land Use Map at 3-14 page 46 has some coloring problems. Rural residential and residential are both a yellow color, and it is not clear what surrounds Huntingtown.  This is CRITICAL as residential is supposed to be mapped areas about 1 mile from a Major Town Center and their conventional density can be increased using TDR’s to 4 dwelling units per acre. Developer funded public water and sewer may be needed to reach this. (Think one red Monopoly hotel per acre OR 4 little green Monopoly houses on the same acre.) RURAL residential would only permit one lot per 20 acres and growth is directed away from here. (3-12, pg 44)
  3.  “The plan retains the policy of permitting higher residential density with the use of TDR’s within a one-mile radius of a defined central point for Minor Town Centers of Owings, Huntingtown and St Leonard.” That is exactly the opposite of the above is described in 3-21 page 53. so which is it?
  4. “Using wastewater treatment facilities…to attract and direct growth to…locations within Town Centers.? (1-5, pg 23)
  5. Huntingtown is spelled wrong as Huntingtown several times. (ES-5, pg 8) (3-14 pg 46). This thing obviously needs more serious work by our Planning staff and should NOT be sent out to neighboring counties and State of MD agencies. That would be embarrassing.

Put 2nd draft in the subject line and e-mail your thoughts to the Planning Commission: pz@calvertcountymd.gov AND Carolyn.Sunderland@calvertcountymd.gov

TODAY Monday, 6/11  Harriet Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Rd, PF
Tuesday, 6/12  Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department,  3170 West Ward Rd, Dunkirk
Wednesday, 6/13  Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons 
Visit the public open houses between 6:30 – 8:30pm to get an up close & personal look at your house on the Land Use Map.  YOU MUST FILL OUT AND HAND IN A COMMENT CARD. Your verbal questions/comments don’t count for nothin’. We got notice of these on Fri June 8 @ 9am via e-mail. This is insufficient notice.

County wide effects of this 2nd draft plan summarized: Keep Calvert County

If you read this far, please share this with your neighbor or friend, especially somone who is not tech saavy, does not use Facebook, etc. They need to know too. Thank you.

Tonight! Wednesday 5/30 @ 7pm! The 2nd draft of the Comp Plan is presented.

Tonight is your first look at the 2nd draft of the Calvert County 2040 Comprehensive Plan. It will be presented Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. This plan guides ALL development on public and private property in Calvert.  It covers land use, transportation and traffic, how we protect environmental and natural resources, housing, economic vitality (taxes), if we have enough water resources in aquifers…

Let’s hope the Planning Commission take this 2nd draft and spend some time with it in detail. They should not be ready to forward this to public hearing with the BOCC yet. See the previous blog post from May 22, 2018 for further info.

Please forward & share with your neighbors and friends. Ask them to follow our Facebook page or this blog from our web page Huntingtown Citizens Association

You can send your comments with “2nd draft” in the subject line to pz@calvertcountymd.gov or by mail: Planning Commission, 2nd Draft Comp Plan comment, 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

BOCC Candidate Forum next Thurs 5/31

There are 5 Board of County Commissioners(BOCC) in Calvert County. All you need is 3 of the 5 to vote for something, and that’s it. Who is running?

Attend a candidate forum on Thursday evening May 31st, 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Church St. in Prince Frederick. Meet and greet is 6:00-6:30pm and the forum begins at 6:30pm and runs until 9pm.

You can submit questions you would like the candidates to answer at this link:   https://www.sustainablecalvertnetwork.info/

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