December 2016

FOUR SEASONS UPDATE
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!

Stay tuned for date and time!





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.
Jay Falstad
Executive Director,
Queen Anne's Conservation Association
410-739-6570

 
STRAW POLL RESULTS
The results on the Straw Poll was that 45.1% of those that voted were for district voting while 54.9% of those who voted were against it. (Total of 23,850 registered voters weighed in on this topic.)

BQA Chairman Steve Donovan feels that the results "should suggest the commissioners have a public discussion or I'd suggest a series of discussions. When half the local electorate IS concerned about representation, continuity in government and too much money in local politics, we need to hash this out as a County."

Whether or not that happens remains to be seen.

BQA MEMBERSHIP, SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
WHY do you need to JOIN, SUPPORT, SPONSOR BQA?

BQA keeps you INFORMED on issues facing economic development, jobs and opportunities right here IN QAC, so the 86% of County residents who spend too much time commuting out of the County and across the bridge every day can actually "LIVE, WORK & PLAY" right here in QAC!! 

If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at jackashley@mris.com

You can also contact administrator@businessqueenannes.com for a copy of the following application!


BUSINESS Queen Anne's


A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government


The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.
  

You can find BQA on Facebook! Make sure to "Like" us!

 

 

In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
 
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
410-758-1831
 
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
410-827-5441
 
Mike Dahle
MCDLLC
410-820-7288

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
410-827-8888
 
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department
410-758-0770

George O'Donnell
410-490-7400 
Jack Ashley
410-310-7400

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
MEMBERS INVITED!

BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to invite all members (and even member guests!) to attend our monthly board meetings typically held the last Thursday of the month at Mear's Point Marina. (Please contact the office at administrator@businessqueenannes.com to verify)

Occasionally, we have County reps visit and give us updates. At the last board meeting it was decided that the next time we have speakers at the board meetings we will give our members ample notice in case they would like to attend...we want you to be in the know!

If you have a speaker that you would like to connect with and you think that Business Queen Anne's could help make that happen, please let us know.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
  
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
(Same link above takes you to agendas for the Planning Commission too.) 

Visit the County's New Website to sign up for notices!
  
MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!


 
 

BQA wants you to get involved!


 

Become a member! 

Join the board! 


 

We are also looking for members to sign up to attend Commissioner's Meetings and/or Planning Commission Meetings!

 

If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at

administrator@businessqueenannes.com 

 

 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666