Comment Submittal Form

Re: Land Use Chapter of Comp Plan

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Keep Calvert Country is asking citizens of Calvert County to join us in petitioning the Planning Commission to perform detailed studies of the growth proposed in the Comprehensive Plan before approving it.

BACKGROUND INFO:

 

THE ISSUE OF TRAFFIC:

The biggest quality of life issue that the County is facing: the Commissioners' own projection that traffic volume will increase to 83,500 trips per day (or 72%) through Prince Frederick by 2030. And of course that traffic increase will be felt along the entire MD 4 corridor.

Yet this is what the draft Comprehensive Plan says about it:

 

"The increases in traffic volume during the years of rapid growth still affect the perception of traffic volume changes that Calvert County residents report today. The county has not seen increasing levels of traffic along the primary county arterial road in recent years."

State Law:

The Commissioners are refusing to study traffic even though State Law requires that:

 

"A Planning Commission shall prepare a Comprehensive Plan by carefully and comprehensively surveying and studying the present conditions and projections of future growth of the local jurisdiction."

While the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan includes information about "present conditions", it lacks evidence that "projections of future growth" have been "carefully and comprehensively studied".

To comply with State law and to ensure continued quality of life for citizens, the Planning Commission must study the effects of growth on traffic, schools, the environment, budget, etc. before any growth is proposed.

Growth Proposals:

 

Without mention of any studies, the current draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan proposes extensive growth by:

 

1. eliminating the “build-out” provisions of the current Plan, which limits total number of households to approx. 37,000; and
 

2. expanding the size of Town Centers as shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. increasing the size of Residential Areas surrounding the Dunkirk, Lusby and Solomons Town Centers as shown below:
 


 

4. allowing water and sewer in Residential Areas in order to achieve higher densities and additional growth; and
 

5. making Dunkirk a Major Town Center, which translates to higher density residential and more intensive commercial growth aimed at serving the region rather than serving local needs.

 

Request:

 

To comply with State law, the Comprehensive Plan should not propose any growth until proper studies have been conducted and the results have been presented to the Planning Commission and the public, with adequate time for review, questions, and comments.

 

If studies have in fact been conducted, the results should be included in the Plan. We are asking that the results be shared with the public and the Planning Commission in a public presentation, with adequate time for review, questions, and comments.

Sign The Petition Below

 

This Petition will be automatically emailed to the Planning Commission & P&Z staff.

 
About Us

“Keep Calvert Country” is a non-partisan group of Calvert County citizens who believe in an open government by the people and for the people. We love Calvert’s Rural Character and want to protect Calvert’s Quality of Life.

We are not anti-growth, but we want Calvert to grow no faster than its infrastructure. In other words, to "Grow Responsibly". 

Our Platform

Keep Calvert Country developed a Platform which lists the issues that are important to us, and then included details of how we believe those issues should be addressed. We use our Platform as a basis for all we do.

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Now is a critical time in Calvert County. The new Comprehensive Plan proposes expansion of all Town Centers, plus higher-density residential areas in and adjacent to the TCs. We encourage all citizens to get involved now before it's too late! Use the button to join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook.