The following letter was sent to the County Commissioner's on November 6, 2014 in support of the Wheatlands Project waiver on the 5 year zoning hold. The Commissioner's waived the zoning hold in a 3 to 2 vote during their November 25th meeting.
Queen Anne's County Commissioner
107 N Liberty Street
Re: Wheatland's Project Waiver
In an e-rnall September 2nd, Business Queen Anne's went on record in full support of the annexation and zoning to PRC (Planned Regional Commercial), and asked you waive the 5 year zoning hold for the Wheatland's Farm project, currently pending before the Town Commissioners of Queenstown.
The proposed zoning PRC is for a commercial residential mixed use. This is exactly what the County 2002 and 2010 Comprehensive Plans call for.
We perceive some opposition to the granting of the requested zoning, which causes us to question?
Why go to the trouble and expense of adopting Comprehensive Plans if we do not intend to follow them?
Comprehensive Plans are developed by a broad cross section of the local population and in the process there is significant compromise.
Once the Plans are adopted, the Courts have held the Plan must be followed.
Now, just four years after adoption of the Plan, certain elements want to say we don't like the agreements that were made back then, so we should ignore the Plan.
This is illogical and if followed through, makes a mockery of Planning.
Queen Anne's County continues to have need for an increased commercial tax base and new jobs/opportunities as witnessed and affirmed by County voters again this week, when an anti-growth candidate lost by a significant margin to a committed pro-growth candidate.
Look at the financial benefits from the Premier Outlets, just across Rt. 50 from Wheatlands. The Outlets are on 3 tax parcels totaling 24.435 acres.
Collectively, they pay:
Queen Anne's County Taxes....$518,996.70
State of Maryland Real Property Taxes....$ 68,619.56
Queenstown Town Taxes....$116,101.85
In addition, they pay Personal Property Taxes to the Town of $86,349.13.
The Wheatlands development site will be almost 3 times as large as the Outlets and should generate tax revenues significantly larger than the Outlets.
Can we afford to say "no"to these revenues?
Can we reject the hundreds of new jobs that will be created?
It is not as if we have alternative sites on which such development can go.
This is the only large acreage site where Public Water and Sewer Service will be available, making this site key to increased commercial tax base in our County.
Again, in addition to supporting the Wheatland's project, we urge you waive the Five Year hold on zoning as soon as possible which is necessary to allow the project to proceed promptly after annexation by the Town is completed, and will soon begin benefiting both tax revenues and new job creation right here in Queen Anne's County.
Steve Donovan, President
Business Queen Anne's
MESSAGE FROM YOUR SHERIFF!
Dear BQA Businesses,
Recently in Queen Anne's County we have seen an increase in several crimes, from counterfeiting, armed robberies and thefts. As the Holiday season approached it is imperative that your staff and management be familiar with suspect identification and basic crime prevention tips. My Office wants to ensure the best possible educational information is provided to keep our employees and customers safe. Businesses from 1 employee to hundreds, it is incumbent amongst all employers to educate your staff.
My deputies will be increasing patrols within the business community to raise awareness to safety. I am asking that you have your staff call in anyone whom is suspicious or committing a crime immediately, and make contact with the deputy to let them know what you observed. Your safety should always be first, don't confront suspects, but be a trained observer, and report the incident.
If you have any questions, you can always call my staff or I.
Thank you, I hope all of our Businesses have a safe and joyous Holiday Season!
Sheriff Gary Hofmann
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- Lock your car doors, always
- Keep gifts out of sight, place in trunk
- Travel with a friend
- Don't carry a purse, use your pockets for ID and cards
- Park in a well-lit area
- BE observant, look for strangers
- Do not unarm your car alarm until you are at it. Why let the bad guys know its open before you get there?
- Report anything suspicious to your Sheriff's Office
- Keep doors and windows locked
- Don't let unknown persons in your house
- Keep pics of presents off Social Media
- Discard large gift boxes in a trash can, don't advertise your gifts by the roadside!
- Record all serial numbers of large or expensive items by taking a cell phone pic of the serial numbers!
- Report anything suspicious to your Sheriff's Office
CLEAN WATER COALITION NEWS
By Daniel Menefee
Maryland Department of the Environment has moved to deny a water quality permit for Exelon Corp. to operate the Conowingo Dam - on concerns the dam's impact on the Chesapeake Bay could undermine state efforts to comply with the Clean Water Act.
"MDE intends to deny the application due to insufficient information provided by the applicant regarding the impacts...on state water quality standards," said MDE Communications Director Jay Apperson in a press release on Tuesday.
MDE points to a draft report released Nov. 13 by the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment, a three-year study MDE conducted with the Army Corps of Engineers that found the dam had lost the ability to trap millions of tons of nutrient-laden sediment that flows from the Susquehanna into the northern third of the Bay.
MDE is concerned that the loss of trapping capacity could work against the state's EPA mandated Watershed Implementation Plans that must meet Clean Water Act standards by 2025.
"The draft report found that the loss of long-term sediment trapping capacity at the Conowingo Dam is causing impacts to the health of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem," Apperson said. "It also found that additional nutrient pollution associated with these changed conditions in the lower Susquehanna River system could result in Maryland not being able to meet Chesapeake Bay water quality standards, even with full implementation of Watershed Implementation Plans by 2025."
MDE will hold a hearing on Jan. 7 to solicit public comment at their Baltimore headquarters at 1p.m. on Jan. 7. Comments can be submitted up until the end of business day.
In addition to licensing from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Exelon must also obtain a Water Quality Certification from MDE that shows compliance with state water standards. Exelon is currently operating on a temporary license from FERC.Click here for the rest of the story!
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