June 2012

SUPPORT BIG BOX 12-11

A note from the President...

 

Many people, who oppose big box stores, love to rag on them, but studies reveal they already shop there. Many will say they're large and ugly and kind of dehumanizing. They require vast seas of surface parking. The list can go on and on, but, let's take a look at what there is to like about the big-box alternative.

Well, here is one factor critics may not have considered: What if in-town big box stores encourage people to drive less? That is, after all, a major policy objective of smart growth. Plenty of people who don't want a big box store in their midst still drive 20 miles to get to one. Why not cut out those unnecessary emissions? And if you could go to a Sam's Club once a month instead of a Safeway every week, wouldn't that get people out of their cars more, too?

Truth be told, people in Queen Anne's County have already been shopping at big-box stores - they were just driving long distances to get to them.

Researchers at the California University's Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed residents both before and after on where they shopped for items commonly found in a Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl's (bedding, electronics, garden supplies, etc.). They also asked people about their most recent shopping excursions, where exactly they went, how they got there and whether they were already on their way to somewhere else. The researchers then took this data on the frequency, length and type of trips people were making and calculated monthly vehicle-miles-traveled estimates before and after Big Box stores opened. And of course, there was decrease in the miles driven and demonstrated a good example of bringing shopping closer to where people live.

Reduced driving is just one policy goal along with jobs that stay in the community and the added benefits of the commercial tax base.

Make sure and attend the June 26th County Commissioner public hearing at 6 pm to join the BQA Board who support the Big Box Ordinance 12-11. Please feel free to speak in support of the Big Box Ordinance!

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The Queen Anne's County Planning Commission has reviewed the proposed amendments and has made a favorable recommendation on this ordinance. (Link to Ordinance here: http://www.qac.org/Docs/Ordinances/CY2012/ORD%2012-11.pdf)

 

Copies of the proposed Ordinances are available online at qac.org or by contacting the office of the County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County at 410-758-4098.

 

Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes each. Written testimony of any length may be submitted to The County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County, 107 N Liberty Street, Centreville, Maryland 21617 at or before the hearing.

 

CO No. 12-11: AN ACT CONCERNING Elimination of the Existing Gross Floor Area Limitations in the Urban Commercial (UC) and Town Center (TC) Zoning Districts in Queen Anne's County; FOR THE PURPOSE of removing the existing gross floor area limitation of 65,000 square feet on certain uses in the Urban Commercial (UC) and Town Center (TC) zoning districts in Queen Anne's County;

 

YEARLY BQA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 

The yearly BQA Membership Meeting is tenatively set for

Thursday, August 30th.

Please pencil it in on your calendar now

and as soon as details come together, we will let you know!

WELCOME NEW MEMBER!
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to
welcome our newest member,
The QAC Farm Bureau!

 

  
The local farm bureau is a part of the Maryland Farm Bureau. That organization's vision statement reads, "Maryland Farm Bureau shall be recognized as the leading voice of Maryland agriculture and the predominant force in agriculture policy development. Maryland Farm Bureau will be regarded as the most credible source of information and the strongest advocate of safe, environmentally responsible and economically sound food and fiber production."
  
Robert E. Arnold - County President

Virginia L. Albers - County Secretary
P.O. Box 459, Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-4076 (H) (410) 482-9276 (F)
vlalbers@yahoo.com

http://www.mdfarmbureau.com/QueenAnnes.asp
 

 
MEMBER NEWS!
  
BQA December Header
Prime Outlet Stores Opening Soon

V.F. Factory Outlet - NOW OPEN!


Loft Outlet - opening June 20 (est)
Columbia Sportswear Company - opening August 15 (est)
Jos. A. Bank - opening September 1 (est)
Levi's Outlet Store - opening September 1 (est) 
  
Queen Anne's County
Farm Bureau
Annual Summer Picnic-Wednesday, July 11, 2012
7PM-QAC 4-H Park
(Scholarship Awards &
Miss and Little Queen Anne's County
Farm Bureau Contests)
 

NEW CLIENTS WILL RECEIVE 15,000

pages of free upload for all new contracts dated by

July 31, 2012

CASH VALUE:
$510.00

 

If you have news you'd like to share with fellow BQA members, please email administrator@businessqueenannes.com

 

In This Issue
Membership Meeting
Welcome
Member News
Budget Hearing Dates

 

Your BQA Board!

  

Camille O'Donnell, President

O'Donnell Properties

443-786-0200

odp1@atlanticbb.net

 

Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty

410-643-5005

mareenwaterman@mris.com

 

Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.

410-827-5441

ndeoudes@atlanticbb.net

 

Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America

410-820-7288

mdahle@baycarpets.com

 

Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House

410-827-8104

koertel@atlanticbbn.net

  

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com

 

Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency

410-643-2291

al@helfenbein.com

 

Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power

410-758-4127

cheryl.russell@delmarva.com

  

Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering

410-758-2095

bgriffith@leinc.com

 

Steve Donovan

Title One & Associates, Inc.

410-758-1831

smd@annapolis.net

 

Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  

410-643-8686    

colby@cmgarrett.com

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com

 

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-643-6288  

sandra.early@verizon.net

   

 

   

 BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!

  

Business Queen Anne's is now offering a special rate for new members!

 

 $99 per year for three years!

 

Click the link below to download an application!

   

 
 
 

 

Mark Your Calendar...

 

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for weekly agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
  
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617

 

PUBLIC BUDGET

HEARING DATES

 

Tuesday, June 26th

(Ordinance 12:11)

The County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County, 107 N Liberty Street, Centreville, Maryland 21617 

 

Please remember to sign up if you'd like to speak. Sign-up sheets will be available in the hall at the beginning of the meetings. Call 410.758.4098 if you have additional questions.

 

BQA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thursday, August 30th

Time and location to be announced!

   

 

 
 

 

 

  

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