October 2012

VOTE YES FOR QUESTIONS A & B!

VOTE YES FOR THE ELIMINATION OF GROSS

FLOOR AREA LIMITATIONS AND

VOTE YES FOR THE REVISIONS TO THE APFO!! 

 
 

In a recent article in the Chestertown Spy, it was stated that Board VP Mareen Waterman spoke before the QAC Commissioners last year in support of passage, Waterman said big retailers could actually help small business, improve the tax base and be better for the environment.

 

"Limitations on size has been detrimental to our tax base, because it prevents major tenants from locating in our county - thus preventing the smaller stores [from succeeding] near bigger anchor tenants," Waterman said to the commissioners, representing Business Queen Anne's, a pro-business coalition in QAC.

"For too long here, citizens, especially those of low and modest incomes, have been forced to drive out of the county in order to shop at major retailers who offer competitive prices...they have to spend extra gasoline dollars and create additional carbon footprint and air pollution."

 

Check out this interesting online article that compares Walmart prices to their competitors: 

 

Click logo to read!

 

 

 

NOTICE TO BQA MEMBERS!
Couple of items to BQA Members...
  
If you have not received your membership renewal invoice, please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early  at
Also, we are looking for a few new faces for the Board of Directors! If you are interested, please let Sandra know as well!
PUBLIC COMMENTS BY BQA

 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's Vice President, Mareen Waterman recently presented the following public comments to the County Commissioners on behalf of BQA:

 

Regarding 12-09 (Landscaping Standards and Buffer Yards in connection with Cluster Subdivisions), Mareen stated that "the current requirements for vegetative buffers around cluster subdivisions are excessive and overly expensive, and do little to protect agriculture on adjacent property. The revisions recommended by your Planning Commission should be promptly adopted."

  

Regarding 12-14 (Definition of "Minor Subdivision" under the QAC Zoning Ordinance), Mr. Waterman testified that "Our organization enthusiastically supports the proposed revision of the definition of minor subdivision, with one minor change.

 

We recommend the revision read, "info no more than 7 building lots, plus roads. Any remaining subdivided land shall be clearly labeled as Open Space - no residential use permitted hereon". 

 

He went on to explain that, "The State has mandated seven building lots as a maximum in rural areas and this revision is needed to revise our current method of counting lots. We do not anticipate there will be many such subdivisions; however, the development potential of these extra lots will restore some of the value the State has stripped from our farms. The State mandate has significally reduced farm land value, which will reduce MALF (Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation) sale values. We should not let our local ordinances diminish values in excess of what State regulation has done."

 

Finally, he stated that "if there is to be development, the excessive costs involved in major developments should not be required for seven lots. We believe these revisions are all you can do for farm owners, given the State mandate. You should do no less."

 

Regarding 12-17 (Automatic Fire Sprinklers for Town houses and One- and Two- Family Dwellings) Mareen reminded the Commissioners that "Construction starts are at all time lows - affecting our tradesmen, Realtors, Insurance agents, lumber dealers, appliance sales and many related businesses. And, County revenues too.

This is no time to add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home, thereby reducing the pool of qualified buyers. Fewer qualified buyers equals fewer new homes will be built and sold. The State mandate for sprinklers should be deferred for as long as possible. We urge your prompt adoption of 12-17."

 

All of the QAC 2012 Ordinances can be found on the County's website here: 

  

http://www.qac.org/default.aspx?pageid=1508&template=3&PageLevel=2&toplevel=36&cid=720

  

COUNTY BUDGET INFO

Queen Anne's County has released their preliminary Capital Budget for fiscal year 2014. Please click logo below to see details:

 

 
HUDSON FAMILY LAWSUIT UPDATE
The defense of Alan and Kristin Hudson got off to a very strong start on Tuesday, October 9th in the federal District Court in Baltimore. While the morning was primarily spent arguing procedural motions about evidence and witnesses, the afternoon opening statements by defense attorneys was tremendous. The defense outlined the many ways they will show that the Waterkeeper Alliance is wrong and that no violation of the Clean Water Act occurred on the Hudson farm. Before the day was out, the Waterkeepers called their first witness, Andrew Koslow, the Choptank Waterkeeper. He testified about water samples he took near the Hudson farm in December 2009. After an effective defense cross examination, the Court adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday when plaintiffs are expected to put Kathy Phillips, the Assateague Coastkeeper, on the stand.
  
On Day 2 at the Hudson Trial, three witnesses were presented by the plaintiffs. They were Kathy Phillips, the Assateague Coastkeeper; Michael Dryden, MDA Public Ditch Association Manager; and William Beatty, MDE's investigator who took water samples on the Hudson farm.

Kathy Phillips primarily testified about the water samples she took that were admitted into evidence by the Waterkeepers. During cross examination by the defense she was asked about Robert F. Kennedy's attacks on the poultry industry at the 2007 summit hosted by Attorney General Doug Gansler. She was also asked to explain her involvement in the "Pure Farms, Pure Water" campaign and emails about how to "spin" the talking points once it was determined that the pile on the Hudson farm was biosolids, not poultry litter.
  
 
 
On trial day 3, Perdue Environmental Director Jeff Smith and Growout Manager Todd LeKites were grilled on environmental programs and grower relationships, trying to show Perdue controls the Hudsons' farm. Two Maryland Department of Envirornment employees who took water samples also testified. Court is not in session on Fridays so the trial will resume on Monday.
 

 

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In This Issue
Notice to BQA Members!
Public Comments
County Budget Info
Farm Lawsuit Update

 

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!

 

Only $99

per year for three years!

 

Click the link below
to download an application!

   

 

Current Members...
You should have received your yearly Membership Dues Invoice by now...if not please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early!

 

  
Congratulations to Cassy Jordan of Chester who was the $100 winner from our County Fair Drawing!!
 

 

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

 

 

 
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to
thank the following businesses for renewing their membership
for 2012-2013!!

CM Garrett

Kentmorr Restaurant

Shore Signs

 

We appreciate their support for the BQA Mission:

 

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.

 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's

 

A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government

 

 
   

 

 

 

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