September 2019

FOUR SEASONS HEARING

Four Seasons at Kent Island has an important hearing regarding our Developers Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) on 

September 17th at 4 pm
The hearing will be held at 
110 Vincit Street Centreville, MD 
at the 
Planning Commission hearing room.   

We are asking your support to attend the hearing and to sign up and speak in support of Four Seasons and the DRRA.
 
The purpose of the hearing is to request the Queen Anne's County Board of Appeals to confirm that the Four Seasons DRRA was "tolled" or paused  during the 8 years of litigation and delays when we could not proceed with the development of Four Seasons and the obligations of the DRRA.  We are asking for those 8 years to be added to the current expiration date of our DRRA. 
 
Since our opponents are expected to be in attendance,  we need all of our supporters to attend the hearing and speak on our behalf.  This is a very important hearing for us and need your support.
 
Thank You,
 
Mike Irons
Division President
K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island, LLC
101 Chester Station Lane
Chester , MD  21619
240-375-4335

Here are comments from Ara K. Hovnanian, KHOV Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer after 3rd quarter 2019 earnings last week

"During the third quarter of fiscal 2019, we continued to make progress towards our growth objectives. We achieved year-over-year growth in total revenues, contracts, community count, contracts per community and contract backlog. Further, we saw a sequential increase in our gross margin, before cost of sales interest expense and land charges, to 18.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from 16.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019," stated Ara K. Hovnanian, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The improvements we experienced in these metrics are a solid indicator that we are moving in the right direction."

"Given our pipeline of future community openings, we expect our community count to increase in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. We continue to believe that our strategy of using options to control a significant majority of our lots is a strong risk mitigator should housing demand fluctuate in the future. Assuming no adverse changes in current market conditions and excluding land related charges, gains or losses on extinguishment of debt and other non-recurring items, we expect to achieve pretax profitability for the full 2019 fiscal year," concluded Mr. Hovnanian.

PROJECT BRIGHT FUTURE


Students and Parents: Learn about career opportunities, Youth Apprenticeship , Dual Enrollment, and CTE Programs - Free Event

About this Event

This is a free event for parents, students, teachers , and the business community to learn about career opportunities through programs such as Youth Apprenticeship and Dual Enrollment and participation in Career Technology Education (CTE) courses at our l high schools.

A panel, comprised of local experts and lead by Commissioner Jack Wilson, will discuss career paths and certifications through CTE; the Apprenticeship Maryland Program; and how a regional vocational training facility has benefited other jurisdictions .

The keynote speaker is Kurt Landgraf, President of Washington College. Panelists include Dr. Cliff Coppersmith, President of Chesapeake College; Chris Garvey of Associated Builders and Contractors, Chesapeake Shores Chapter; Delegate Jeff Ghrist; Alan Stein of Tanglewood Conservancy and the Untangled Minds Foundation; Jeff Smith, MD Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Maryland; and Cody Pine, Washington County Public Schools CTE .

Local businesses interested in hiring students will also be in attendance.

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.




QAC TRAFFIC QUESTIONNAIRE

Dear Local Business Owner,

We have heard from many business owners and citizens sharing concerns about seasonal beach traffic and the forthcoming off-season Bay Bridge lane closure for deck resurfacing.  The common theme is how the heavy seasonal beach traffic curtails local traffic mobility during the summer season.  Now with a major resurfacing project on the westbound span planned to start next month, this situation will soon become a daily problem for at least the next two years. 

In our work with state transportation officials, we have learned that presenting statistics and hard facts is vital in order to gauge the magnitude of the problem and to identify potential solutions.  Direct input from you, as a local business owner, is an essential piece of evidence to present to our State leaders.  To help with our cause, we are requesting that you take a few minutes and fill out the attached Local Business Traffic Conditions - Call for Action!   This will provide a record of how the continuing heavy congestion and increased traffic affects our County and daily livelihood.  This information will be complied to assist with our continuing efforts to voice how the congested traffic conditions impact our local businesses, citizens and our community.   
 
Respectfully,

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Note:   For the purpose of this questionnaire "seasonal traffic congestion" is that which occurs generally from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is typically associated with people traveling to Maryland & Delaware Beach Resorts





BAY CLEAN UP PLAN SUBMITTED BY STATE
BALTIMORE - Maryland has developed a comprehensive plan for the next steps in continued progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan -submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - was developed to meet Maryland's pollution reduction targets by 2025 as part of a multi-state bay restoration effort. Maryland developed the plan using extensive engagement with local governments and the public to identify aggressive but achievable pollution reduction strategies that balance responsibilities among wastewater treatment plants, urban stormwater runoff, septic systems, farms and other key sectors and problem solvers.

The plan is also the first to factor in the potential impacts of climate change. In addition, a first-ever holistic plan is being developed among all of the bay states and EPA specifically to reduce harmful effects of the Conowingo Dam on water quality in the lower Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
As Maryland implements its plan to achieve 2025 goals, the state will continue to hold EPA to its role of requiring upstream partners to do the same.

"Restoring the Chesapeake Bay continues to be a top priority, and this locally driven, comprehensive plan keeps us on track to meet and sustain our restoration goals and show continued regional and national leadership," said Governor Larry Hogan. "We will continue to insist that every state and federal partner in the bay watershed does its fair share to help restore this national treasure."

The Bay "TMDL" and "WIP"s

In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, or "TMDL," to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment polluting the bay and its tributaries. The TMDL is the scientific estimate of the maximum amount of these pollutants the bay can receive to remain healthy and meet water quality standards.

Maryland, the other five bay watershed states, and Washington, D.C., developed three phases of Watershed Implementation Plans, or "WIPs," that serve as roadmaps to reduce water pollution. The most recent Phase III plan - developed by the Maryland Departments of the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Planning in collaboration with other members of the Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet - builds on previous WIPs and factors in significant public input. Each new plan incorporates improved data, improved understanding of natural systems and enhanced modeling tools to better determine pollution rates.

Maryland's Phase III plan Executive Summary states: "Maryland sees improving signs of recovery for Chesapeake Bay in both water quality and the Bay's living resources, including bay grasses and blue crabs. This third phase of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) identifies the strategies, opportunities, and challenges to meet the 2025 Chesapeake Bay restoration targets and sustain restoration into the future."

Public participation


The Maryland Department of the Environment, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland's Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, conducted 11 regional workshops in 2018 to inform participants about the WIP process and obtain feedback. A draft of the Phase III plan was released for public comment in April. Three information sessions and one webinar were held in spring 2019, featuring an overview of the draft Phase III WIP and the opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the Departments of the Environment, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Planning.
During the April 12-June 7, 2019, public review of the draft WIP, more than 200 comments were received. The final WIP was revised to address comments by, for example, including more information on the impact of land conservation policies, as well as strategies with the potential to reduce atmospheric deposition of nitrogen to the Bay and its watershed.

"Governor Hogan's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet has worked together closely with citizens and communities to ensure the final plan delivers outstanding environmental results, with greater emphasis on preventing pollution in the air and on the land and increasing climate resiliency and green infrastructure solutions," said Ben Grumbles, Maryland's Environment Secretary and Chair of the Governor's Bay Cabinet.

Maryland has submitted the plan to EPA for that agency's review and approval. EPA has committed to completing reviews of each state's plan or communicating its need for more time for review within 60 days.
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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 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.
   
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In This Issue
WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT SHOULD BE A MEMBER OF BQA?
What company or local business do you know that should be a BQA member? 

SIGN UP FOR CITIZEN'S ALERT
Have you signed up for the County's Citizen's Alert yet?

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Click on the logo below to sign up!

 
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 Wednesday 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.

September 25th at 4 PM
John McQueeney with the 
QAC Liquor Board
and Al Helfenbein regarding 
Barn Stable Town Center
will be participating in the board meeting!
Members Welcomed!!

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!
  

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

Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department
410-758-0770

George O'Donnell
410-490-7400 
Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716

 
 
BQA wants you to get involved!

 
We are the only organization to consistently and publicly support  property rights and beneficial development projects in Queen Anne's County! If the growth of our County interests you at any level, you should be a part of this prominent group!
 
Become a member! 
Join the board! 



BQA is looking to grow membership and our Executive elite board and we are in search of Woman Business owners in the County...are you the woman for the job?
 
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


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