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.

County Redistricting Proposal

Bill 15-22 AN ORDINANCE concerning Redistricting. Be sure to check out the proposed options and voice your opinion.


MILLERSVILLE PARK

As many of you know, the proposed Millersville Tennis Sports Complex Bill 73-21was defeated in October 2021. You can view the County Council meetings [HERE]. We plan to work with neighboring communities (Arden, Herald Harbor, Baldwin Hills, Tanager Forest) and the County to determine the right use for Millersville Park. The selection of activities on this site should be decided by a realistic look at the local community needs, capacity of the parcel and surrounding infrastructure, traffic, environmental impacts and proximity to the user groups.

The president of the Old Millersville Neighborhood Association, Debbie Weller, has taken the lead role in coordinating these efforts and shares the following:

Vision:

  • Diverse mix of active recreation opportunities and other amenities

  • Recreation uses include pickleball court, volleyball court, basketball court, outdoor tennis court, playground, or fitness trail with exercise stations

  • Amenities include picnic shelter, picnic tables, BBQ grills, or environmental education offerings. 

  • Design should include a wide tree buffer along I-97 to block the sight and noise of freeway traffic as well as wide buffers between the park and adjacent homes

Things To Avoid:

Site Characteristics, residential setting, and low road capacity also suggest some things to avoid in the new park design: 

  • No tennis megaplex, nor wall-to-wall ballfields. 

  • A few dozen parking spaces, not hundreds. 

  • Minimize the new impervious surface. 

  • Close at sunset, so there would be no need for intrusive night lighting. 

  • Park and access road designs should not require taking land from adjacent homeowners or widening Millersville Road

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

Crownsville Fire Station

A virtual community meeting regarding the Crownsville Fire Station was held on October 27th at 6:30 p.m. During the meeting, details about the current project planning and construction, as well as renditions of the proposed 22,400 square foot structure were shared. Discussion included response times for both Fire and EMS, call volumes, units (equipment) to be assigned to the facility, as well as staffing assignment. The proposed project timeline was also discussed. You can watch the playback of the meeting [HERE]. The passcode to access the playback is: .aHw#Vt4 so be sure to enter it exactly as you see it. Stay tuned for more information as this project progresses.

AACo 2021 Capital Budget.pdf

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.

  • Research installation of security camera placement that could capture license plate information coming and leaving the neighborhood.

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.