It was recently announced by the Queen Anne's Conservation Association that they will not appeal the QAC Board of Appeals decision to approve Phase One for the Four Seasons development. (See letter below)
The next step is to get a grading permit and...
PUT A SHOVEL IN THE GROUND!
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Queen Anne's Conservation Association (QACA) has decided not to appeal to the courts the October 21st, 2016 decision of the Queen Anne's County Board of Appeals approving Phase One of the K. Hovnanian/Four Seasons development.
While we believe that the totality of the evidence before the Board did not support its conclusions that the Four Seasons project will not cause traffic problems, that it adequately handles stormwater run-off, and that its high-rise condos on the shoreline are compatible with the neighborhood, we also recognize that the courts do not normally substitute their own judgment for that of a supposedly expert administrative body charged with resolving such disputed issues.
We further note that the Board's approval is for only 162 of the 1,039 units planned for the project, and that if and when approvals are sought for additional units, we and other opponents of Four Seasons will have the opportunity to renew our objections in a more favorable environment - i.e. one in which the vulnerability of Kent Island to traffic congestion and sea level rise will be more apparent, as will be the ugly inappropriateness of the condo units when they are actually built.
Accordingly, for now QACA will redirect its efforts toward the ongoing litigation that we and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chester River Association and others are pursuing against the issuance of the wetlands license required by Four Seasons (including its Phase One), and we and the neighbors of Four Seasons will be watching closely to see whether there is any repeat of Hovnanian's past Clean Water Act violations as such time as Phase One may be under construction.
Queen Anne's Conservation Association