Development & Zoning

Chaired By: Damon Cogar

The Development and Zoning Committee will function as liaison between our community and local and state jurisdictions to keep abreast of development in the Crownsville vicinity that may or may not affect Arden on the Severn directly.

Hear the latest updates on projects affecting our area directly from our County Executive [HERE]

AACo Public Waterway Access Project/Park at Valentine Creek (1102 Valentine Creek Drive)

OFF THE TABLE (FOR NOW)

Election Results and New Administrations can potentially bring new life to a stalled or "off the table" project like this one. The ACA will stay aware of any activity.

HISTORY: AACo held a virtual kick-off meeting of stakeholders held on May 10, 2022, presenting 3 conceptual plans. The County Executive and Director of Constituent Services toured the property with stakeholders on July 26th as a result of feedback received through the surrounding communities. Joe Clark (ABI Chairman) was able to personally express Arden's concerns and the views of the majority of our survey participants with the County Executive.

The County Executive held a town hall at Baldwin Hall on July 27th to discuss this project as well as others in the area. In summary, the County Executive stated that the concepts presented by Recreation & Parks in May are now scrapped, further stating that the ecological damage of this project far exceeds the benefit that would be offered to the public. The Crownsville Conservatory will stay involved, as will your Arden representatives, to protect the "Big Woods" from any irresponsible use in the future.

Read "PropTalk" [HERE]

READ ALL ABOUT IT in an article published in the Capital Gazette on August 13th.

Crownsville Hospital Property Transfer

July 6, 2022, the State Board of Public Works unanimously voted to transfer the Crownsville Hospital property to the County. Anne Arundel County’s vision is to transform the property into the Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park to serve County residents and honor the history and legacy of the Center and those institutionalized during its operation. Future plans for Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park include preserving the undeveloped portion of the property and establishing passive and low-impact uses such as trails. Possible uses for the developed area include health and wellness programming. The property will be utilized to further enhance the non-profit presence and community support services that are already on site. Over the long term, the County looks forward to the restoration of the historic core of the hospital grounds, to include a museum dedicated to interpreting the history of Crownsville Hospital and a memorial to honor the former patients interred on the property. This marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new Chapter with the rebirth of the Crownsville property, not as a Hospital, but as Crownsville Memorial Park, a Center for Hope & Healing. We will follow the progress and report here. Stay tuned!

Crownsville Hospital Center

See the abandoned facility via drone on Youtube [HERE].

[CLICK HERE] to see the AACo CIP for the Crownsville Non Profit Center project to become part of the larger scale transition.

Crownsville Dunkin Donuts

View more information on the AACo Planning & Zoning website [HERE] where you can also watch meeting playbacks.

FY23 Approved AACo County

Capital Budget & Program

Comments on the draft LPPRP have been submitted to the DRP. To obtain a copy of the plan go to Anne Arundel County 2022 Land Preservation, Parks & Recreation Plan - December 2021 (DRAFT FOR REVIEW). The County's placeholder in the CIP can be seen [HERE]. Design of this project has yet to be determined and is contingent upon a thorough traffic and environmental study prior to determining proper use of this park area. The County Executive met with the Millersville and surrounding Community leaders this past Feb 2022 providing assurance that the County intends to partner with the community in the design of this project to determine a use satisfactory to all parties.

Below you will find a document prepared by Deborah Weller, President Old Millersville Neighborhood Association describing the mission of this effort.

MILLERSVILLE PARK

UPDATE: In accordance with the approved FY23 Capital Budget, the Millersville Park improvements have been changed to sports field use. The park will also include a mix of community recreational amenities. The County has completed an updated traffic study and the aquifer study for the development of Millersville Park.

Community input is a critical part of the development process. The County would like to engage members of the community to collaborate on the amenities that will be included along with the ball fields and how the park will operate once construction is completed. The group will be comprised of community leaders and representatives of the local athletic leagues. The committee will be asked to meet with the Department of Recreation and Parks to discuss topics related to the park prior to the public community meeting that will happen in Jan/Feb 2023. The committee would be asked to meet again after the public meeting to discuss the feedback that was received and participate until the project is placed out to bid for construction.

Below you will find documents expressing concerns of the stakeholders. Please [EMAIL] your concerns to the DRP using subject line "Millersville Park Traffic and Aquifer Study Comments" before November 28th. View the Traffic and Aquifer studies [HERE].

Be sure to read these bullet points provided by the stakeholders if you plan to provide input by Nov 28th:

Millersville Park Aquifer Study Bullets

Millersville Park Traffic Study Bullets

Out with the old...........in with the new!

[CLICK HERE] to view the Community Presentation from the Fire Department.

Crownsville Fire Station

The Crownsville Fire Station project meeting was held on October 27th at 6:30 p.m. You can watch the playback of the meeting [HERE]. The passcode to access the playback is: .aHw#Vt4 (case sensitive). The AACo approved CIP Budget for FY23 shows this project being completed in FY23 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). Stay tuned for more information as this project progresses.

LEARN MORE [HERE]

GENERALS HIGHWAY COUNCIL OF CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS (GHCCA)

The Council exists to preserve and protect the Generals Highway Corridor’s rural and residential way of life, the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens, its historic sites and significance, and the sustainability of its natural environment. ACA assigns a representative to serve as a member in this organization to report important information to the community.

For more information, visit: GHCCA or join them on FaceBook.

Contact our ACA representative, Jasmine Wilding for more information.

PROJECTS TO CONSIDER AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Petition County for sidewalk from Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 to Section 5, or the construction of a hiker-biker trail to provide a pathway between Sections 2 and 5.

  • Connect Sections 2 and 5 via hiker/biker trail for safe and easy passage between Section 5 and Sections 1-4 to bring our community closer together. Working with MDE for right of way access. Potential Eagle Scout project.

  • Additional speed humps on Whitneys Landing (between Miller Circle and Pullen Drive), Omar Drive (just before Town Hall), and Evergreen Road (just after the sharp bend near the Chesapeake Radio Flying Field).

PLAN 2040

Plan 2040 is the General Development Plan for Anne Arundel County. It sets the policy framework to protect the natural environment, shape development of the built environment, provide public services to promote healthy communities, and support a diverse, resilient economy. Plan 2040 provides a shared, long-range framework for County elected officials, staff, and community members for addressing land use issues. It balances many competing demands on land use by creating consistent development patterns. Plan 2040 was developed through dozens of public forums and is informed by thousands of comments from the community. There are many common concerns throughout the County, including traffic congestion, school capacity, environmental protection, and housing affordability. These issues are complex and broad; addressing them requires the efforts of over 20 County departments, along with State and Federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Plan 2040 includes goals, policies, and strategies to address these issues and manage development and redevelopment. Click on the Useful Link on this page for additional information.

NEW PARTICIPANTS WELCOME

The Development and Zoning Committee is made up of a mix of people who share an interest in the development occurring in and around Arden on the Severn. If you are interested in this topic and in making new friends and forming community bonds, please contact us or feel free to join in a monthly ACA meeting.