May 2012

FOUR SEASONS UPDATE

In the latest turn of events in the Four Season's saga, last month the highest court in Maryland remanded the Wetland's Permit request back to the State Board of Public Works which denied the permit back in 2007. K. Hovnanian, the Four Season's Developer, sought a judicial review from the County when the permit was denied in 2007 and retired Circuit Court Judge Sause also reversed the decision and remanded it back to the Board of Public Works which prompted the appeal that went before Maryland's Court of Special Appeals.

  

   Over the past 10+ years, K. Hovnanian has cleared many hurdles such as this. All told, they have been named in over 25 court cases, many of which have been redundant and easily won. These court battles have been costly, to both the County and to K. Hovnanian, and have slowed an already arduous process down tremendously.

 

Below is a timeline outlining this project followed by the many benefits Four Season will bring to Queen Anne's County.

 

FOUR SEASONS OF KENT ISLAND

ABBREVIATED TIMELINE

 

(Aug 1997 - April 1998) Three properties are placed under contract.

 

(October 20, 1998) County adopts Stevensville Community Plan essentially zoning the entire property for more than 2,300 dwellings.

 

(June 30, 1999) Application submitted for Concept/Sketch Plan approval

 

(April 13, 2000) Planning Commission reviews Concept/Sketch

 

(April 26, 2000)  Planning Commission approves Concept/Sketch Plan

 

(June 27, 2000)County Commissioners grant Master Water Sewer Plan Amendment

 

(July 13, 2000) Planning Commission recommends growth allocation for the project

 

(July 25, 2000)  County Commissioners grant conceptual approval of growth allocation

 

(Aug 7, 2000 - Nov 2002) K. Hovnanian purchases property.

 

(September 12, 2000) Critical Area Commission holds Growth Allocation public hearing

 

(December 6, 2000)  Critical Area Commission approves growth allocation

 

(February 27, 2001) County Commissioners hold Growth Allocation public hearing

 

(April 17, 2001) County Commissioners approve resolution No. 13-01, with conditions

 

(June 12, 2001) Planning Commission approves amended Concept/Sketch Plan and recommends growth allocation

 

(July 11, 2001) Critical Area Commission confirms its previous approval

 

(August 20, 2001)County Commissioners adopt Ordinance 01-01 & 01-01A approving growth allocation

 

(Sep. 2001-Apr 2002)DRRA negotiated with County staff

 

(May 20, 2002) Proposed DRRA formally submitted to County Commissioners

 

(July 11, 2002) Planning Commission finds DRRA consistent with Comprehensive Plan

 

(August 6, 2002) County Commissioners hold DRRA public hearing

 

(September 17, 2002) DRRA signed by County Commissioners

 

(September 1, 2004) Critical Area Commission Approves Buffer Management Plan

 

(December 16, 2004) Planning Commission grants preliminary subdivision approval

 

(December 8, 2005) Planning Commission grants FINAL APPROVAL for Phase 1, conditioned upon obtaining a tidal wetlands license from the Board of Public Works

 

(June 12, 2006) Favorable Report and Recommendation submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment for our Tidal Wetlands Case No. 00-WL-0706.

 

(May 9, 2007) Initial Board of Public Works Hearing

 

(May 17, 2007) Field visit on Four Seasons property by the Governor,Comptroller, and Treasurer as well as Secretary of MDE and related staff.

 

(May 23, 2007)  Second Board of Public Works Hearing - applications for a tidal wetlands license is denied by a 2-1 vote.

 

(June 2007) K. Hovnanian appeals the license denial.

 

(December 2007) The license denial case Civil No 12481 was briefed and arguedbefore the Circuit Court of Queen Anne's County.

 

(January 11, 2011) The Circuit Court of Queen Anne's County reversed and remanded the Maryland Board of Public Works.

 

(February 2011)Both the State and Opponents file an appeal and the matter ispending at the Court of Special Appeals

 

(April 2012) Court of Appeals rules in favor of K. Hovnanian and remands the case back to the BPW    

 

 

BENEFITS QA COUNTY WILL REAP FROM THIS PROJECT

  • During construction the project supports over 9,200 full-time and part-time jobs in Queen Anne's County.
  •  Tax benefits and Fiscal Impacts to the State of Maryland during construction total $35.5 million
  • 950 new permanent, full-time jobs in Queen Anne's County.
  • 1,876 permanent jobs statewide.
  • $90 million in annual business sales countywide!
  • Queen Anne's County will experience ongoing benefits estimated at $5.9 million annually, the majority from property taxes.
  • State of Maryland is expected to receive $4.1 million annually in tax revenue as a result of the project.
  • $8 million contribution for sewer plant expansion and upgrade to meet new standards.
  • Upgrade water treatment plant.
  • Construct two new wells and a 500,000-gallon, elevated water storage tank.
  • Make substantial off-site road improvements - at no cost to County. 
  • $1 MILLION payment to the County within 30 days of "unappealable" Phase 1 final site plan approval

The Four Seasons project would be worth more than 135 million dollars to our county beyond the cost of services in the next 20 years! Check out the Sage Policy Group, Inc April 2011 Economic Analysis by clicking here!

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

  • 43% of site remains open/green space.
  • Nearly five miles of buffers to protect the Chesapeake Bay including 300' buffers along Macum and Cox Creeks.
  • Post-development quality of water leaving the Four Seasons property will be far better than pre-development quality in its current agricultural use.
  • Approved by MD Critical Area Commission, consistent with QA County's growth plans, and located in approved Priority Funding Area.
  • Sewer treatment plant was improved and expanded to include "Enhanced Nutrient Removal" capabilities in accordance with the goals of the Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction initiatives. The Four Seasons entered into a contract with the County to pay a substantial portion of the cost of improvement and expansion.

This brings to mind a write up in the Capital back in 2003 that stated, "The county has spent $30,000 on this and related cases in this fiscal year, and set aside $200,000 for attorneys' fees in the next. But if the commissionerscan't prevail with Judge Sause, they may be better off making sure Hovnanian abides by the terms of itsagreement, which calls for paying up to $20 million for improvements to county roads and services. That would be more responsible than pouring taxpayers' money into long-shot legal challenges." (It should be noted that ultimately as part of the Settlement Agreement with K. Hovnanian, the County had to pay $350K to them for their attorney costs.)

 

NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR APPEALS BOARD

 

Nominees Sought for QAC Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board

 

CENTREVILLE - The Queen Anne's County Commissioners have been tasked by the Governor to supply three nominees for his consideration for a five-year appointment to the Queen Anne's County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board.

 

The Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board is an independent agency and not part of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Nominees may not be actively engaged in real estate sales, appraisal nor hold office with a party central committee. Applicants will need to disclose for exemption any employment, professional relationships or other interests which may pose a conflict in serving on the board.

The board has three full-time members and one alternate member, all of whom are appointed for five-year terms. One term will become vacant in June.

 

For each county and Baltimore City, a property tax assessment appeal board has jurisdiction over all appeals in its area concerning property tax assessments, the Home Owners' Tax Credit Program, the Renters' Tax Credit Program, the Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Program, and other local tax matters assigned to the board for hearing. The Queen Anne's County board generally meets about four times a month, for six months of the year.

 

If interested in applying, please contact Leslie Salvatori for an application form; lsalvatori@qac.org or 410-758-0322 x2002. A resume and letter of interest is suggested.

 
CONGRATULATIONS!
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wantsto
congratulate Tommy Davis of
Davis, Moore, Shearon & Associates
who is the newest member of the
Economic Development Commission Board!
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Mr. Davis is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has held a Professional Engineer's license in the State of Maryland since 1990.

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Congratulations to Paula's Fine Jewelry for celebrating their 5 year anniversary!!

BQA President Camille O'Donnell was on hand to celebrate with Paula Warner.

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In This Issue
Nominees Sought
Congratulations!
Budget Hearing Dates
Next Month...

 

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

 

May 21 @ 7:00pm

Bayside Elementary School

301 Church St.

Stevensville, MD 21666

 

May 22 @ 7:00pm 

The Liberty Building

107 N. Liberty St.

Centreville, MD 21617

 

May 23 @ 7:00pm

The NEW Sudlersville Middle School

600 Charles St.

Sudlersville, MD 21668

 

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.

   

 

 
 

 

 

 Tune in next month for more info on Text Amendment 12-11 submitted by BQA regarding the removal of the floor space limitation of 65,000 square feet for commercial space!

  

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