Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, CCWHCo

Current Issues 

Below is a listing of Current Issues facing Western Howard County. The entire Howard County Council Agenda can be found at Howard County Council Agenda.

 

Winery on Ed Warfield Road

Two years ago the CCWHC was actively involved in hearings to discuss wineries in Western Howard County. We made known our support of wineries but we felt there should be reasonable controls. The County Council weighed in, and some of the controls we supported were adopted. In the future, we will carefully watch the hearings and the zoning issues in relation to the winery on Ed Warfield Rd. To our knowledge, the winery on Ed Warfield Rd. is consistent with the regulations the county had adopted. We look forward to the public hearing in the near future.

Woodmont Academy Property-

  • RRDW Alert
  • Over 300 residents packed the Bushy Park Cafetorium on March 7th for RRDW's first community meeting. For a summary of the meeting view community meeting slide show
  • Our lawyers, Joan Becker and Paul Skalny gave a brief history of the property and brought everyone up to date on the zoning change request. To understand the potential impact of up-zoning the property, click what would a change in zoning mean?
  • Communication
    • Our website has a new look, check it out: RRDW Website
    • The establishment of an advisory board has worked well to optimize communication between our Executive Board and individual neighborhoods. Advisory board members have given residents a way to engage with RRDW and have been a big help with fundraising. The following neighborhoods have representation on the advisory board: Monticello, Country Springs, Carriage Mill Farm, Fox Valley, Warfield Grant, Morgan Station, Chessie Crossing, Wellington, Danmark Dr/Sang Rd and Ridge View Hunt. If you would like to find out more about representing your neighborhood, click here.

MD Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Announcing a Public Hearing - The Mullinix Brothers Partnership, which owns a property known as Home Farm, located at 14220 Howard Road, Dayton, MD, is requesting that the state-held agricultural land preservation easement on the farm be terminated. As this is a State Easement, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is charged with reviewing the land owner's request. The Foundation will conduct a public hearing in the Dining Hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds, Road, West Friendship, MD.,Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6 PM. They also advise"...that the easement may be terminated only if: (1) The Foundation determines that profitable farming is no longer feasible on the land; and (2) the county governing body approves the landowner's termination request." Your written comments may be submitted to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21404, attn: Carol S. West, Executive Director.

 

HOWARD COUNTY AGRICULTURE MANAGER NAMED LEAD FELLOW
LEAD Maryland Cultivates Thought Leaders in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Communities
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COLUMBIA, MD (January 14, 2013) – Kathy Zimmerman, Agricultural Development Manager for the Howard County Economic Development Authority, has been named one of 22 Fellows selected to participate in the 2013-2014 LEAD Class of the LEAD Maryland Foundation. LEAD Maryland Foundation is a non-profit organization associated with the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Its goal is to increase the number of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources and rural communities.

LEAD Maryland Fellowships are for two years and provide participants with public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth. By participating in the program, Fellows become better equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, and influence public policy important to Maryland's farmers. LEAD selects Fellows in a competitive process who have demonstrated emerging leadership abilities and a genuine interest in agricultural, natural resources, and rural community issues.

"LEAD Maryland has been remarkably successful in identifying and developing an ongoing cadre of leaders who understand the complexities of agriculture and natural resources," said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, who is also a member of the LEAD Board of Directors. "Agriculture and natural resources, as well as rural development issues are far from simple. LEAD Maryland helps ensure that we have informed and effective leaders working on public policy and public education. I congratulate and welcome all of the new Fellows."

I am excited to be part of this important initiative," said Zimmerman, who manages agricultural development issues in Howard County. "I am certain that the knowledge gained from being part of this group will translate into stronger programs for Howard County's agriculture industry and give will voice to our farming community."

For more information, about LEAD Maryland, contact Susan R. Harrison, Executive Director, LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. at 410-827-8056 (ext. 136) or by email at leadmd@umd.edu. For more information about agriculture in Howard County, contact (410) 313-6500.

General Plan Testimony - While there is much promise in the draft General Plan, there are also reasons to be concerned both as to the Plans content, as well as the context in which it has been drafted. Mr. Walter E. Carson appeared before the Howard County Planning Board on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the rural nature of Western Howard County. Mr. Carson's full testimony can be viewed here.

 

Chin Baptist Mission Church - The Chin Baptist Church congregation of Silver Spring, MD, is requesting permission to build a church at the corner of Hobbs and McKendree Roads in Glenwood, MD. The congregation of approximately 350 members currently worships at a location in Silver Spring, MD.

The property in question, is currently zoned Rural Residential. The congregation's efforts to obtain permission to build a church have been met with strong opposition from nearby residents. Opponents believe the rural nature of this location cannot accommodate exponential growth of the proposed full service church. Additionally, the community is deeply concerned with the adverse impact on road safety in the immediate area, especially since the corner of Hobbs Road and Glenwood Springs Drive and the corner of Hobbs and McKendree Roads are already deemed dangerous intersections.

Community opposition to the proposed construction of this church building is wide spread. Those opposing the petition include more than 75 households living in the immediate vicinity of McKendree and Hobbs Roads and the Glenwood Springs and McKendree Estates neighborhoods. Additionally, families living along Carrs Mill Road and in the Country Springs neighborhood off Bushy Park Road are also in opposition to the church's efforts. The CCWHC Board of Directors voted to join members of the local community in opposition to the proposal and also provided testimony before the Hearing Examiner.

On November 10, 2011, the Hearing Examiner granted the church's request with some conditions. Those neighbors opposing the examiner's decision continued to argue their position and took the case to the Howard County Board of Appeals.  The hearing lasted 4 evenings, starting in March and ending in June.  On June 5th, The Board of Appeals voted 3-2 to grant the conditional use for the Chin Baptist Church to build on 2510 Hobbs Road.  The Board put their ruling in writing which was released on October 11th.

Local citizens continue thier opposition and on October 26 they filed a Motion for Reconsideration.  The next step would be to take the case to the Maryland Circuit Court of Appeals.  Local citizens are going to continue to fight and are asking for lots of support and/or financial help.

Update - On Thursday night, Nov 1, 2012, members of the Board of Appeals, voted unanimously, with one member absent, to suspend their original decision to grant permission to the petitioners who wish to build a Baptist Church at the intersection of Hobbs and McKendree Roads in Glenwood. The Board will now await a response from the petitioner's attorney and decide whether to grant a hearing on the opponents' motion to rehear the arguments. The opponents will not be required to file an appeal at this time to the Circuit Court as the Board of Appeals' action stops the clock.



 



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