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DACCA Special Meeting  June 27, 2018  7pm  DVFD Hall

DACCA is having a special meeting to address Draft 2 of the Comprehensive Plan.  Greg Bowen from Keep Calvert Country and Sustainable Calvert (previous head of Planning and Zoning), will again speak about what needs to be done before the Plan is passed…..  DACCA needs your help!!!!  See info below from Keep Calvert Country.


Keep Calvert Country is asking citizens of Calvert County to join us in petitioning the Planning Commission to perform detailed studies of the growth proposed in the Comprehensive Plan before approving it. BACKGROUND INFO: THE ISSUE OF TRAFFIC: The biggest quality of life issue that the County is facing: the Commissioners’ own projection that traffic volume will increase to 83,500 trips per day (or 72%) through Prince Frederick by 2030. And of course that traffic increase will be felt along the entire MD 4 corridor. Yet this is what the draft Comprehensive Plan says about it: “The increases in traffic volume during the years of rapid growth still affect the perception of traffic volume changes that Calvert County residents report today. The county has not seen increasing levels of traffic along the primary county arterial road in recent years.” State Law: The Commissioners are refusing to study traffic even though State Law requires that: “A Planning Commission shall prepare a Comprehensive Plan by carefully and comprehensively surveying and studying the present conditions and projections of future growth of the local jurisdiction.” While the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan includes information about “present conditions”, it lacks evidence that “projections of future growth” have been “carefully and comprehensively studied”. To comply with State law and to ensure continued quality of life for citizens, the Planning Commission must study the effects of growth on traffic, schools, the environment, budget, etc. before any growth is proposed. Growth Proposals: Without mention of any studies, the current draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan proposes extensive growth by: 1. eliminating the “build-out” provisions of the current Plan, which limits total number of households to approx. 37,000; and 2. expanding the size of Town Centers as shown below: 3. increasing the size of Residential Areas surrounding the Dunkirk, Lusby and Solomons Town Centers. 4. allowing water and sewer in Residential Areas in order to achieve higher densities and additional growth; and 5. making Dunkirk a Major Town Center, which translates to higher density residential and more intensive commercial growth aimed at serving the region rather than serving local needs. Request: To comply with State law, the Comprehensive Plan should not propose any growth until proper studies have been conducted and the results have been presented to the Planning Commission and the public, with adequate time for review, questions, and comments. If studies have in fact been conducted, the results should be included in the Plan. We are asking that the results be shared with the public and the Planning Commission in a public presentation, with adequate time for review, questions, and comments. https://www.keepcalvertcountry.com/petition-studies-before-growth

DACCA General Membership meeting is scheduled for April 25th.
Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Dept hall at 7pm. 

-Speaker 1 will be:   Bill Rector, DVFD Fire Chief and he will discuss the new 2018 Fire/smoke detector laws.
-Speaker 2 will be Greg Bowen, former Director of the Calvert County Planning and Zoning, now from Land Stewardship Solutions LLC, Keep Calvert Country and Sustainable Calvert Network about the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan draft.  He will cover the changes that we need to request be made in the draft before it is passed.  The Plan will determine what future zoning in the county will be for many years to come. 

The last information from Planning and Zoning was this message.
“In response to your request regarding the Dunkirk Town Center and size difference between the existing one-mile radius and the proposed Residential Area as shown on the Land-Use Map included in the Draft Comp Plan, the area within the existing on-mile radius is 1,800 acres; while the area within the proposed Residential Area is 2,200 acres, resulting in a (net) difference of  400.56 acres.”  Our Dunkirk town center will have over 400 acres more of room for development.

 Mark your calendars.



Mobile Vet Center Serves Southern Md

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mobile Vet Center provides needed resources to Southern Maryland the third week of each month. The mobile vet center serves as an access point for veterans to learn about benefits,  eligibility issues and to help veterans make appointments for counseling with local VA counselors. Visit the mobile vet center on these days:

Third Friday monthly
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walmart Prince Frederick, Md.

Letter to the Editor from Calvert County resident –  

In the last several months, the County Commissioners received overwhelming numbers of public comments on the draft Calvert County Comprehensive Plan about the frustrating amounts of traffic congestion.  There’s clearly increasing citizen demand for a County-wide traffic study to make sure that future growth and development decisions are made in a way that does not make rush hour traffic congestion unbearable and driving conditions along Route 2/4 and elsewhere even more dangerous.  To their credit, the Planning Commission heard citizen concerns and recommended that the County Commissioners conduct a traffic study.  Despite all this, Commissioners Hejl, Hart and Slaughenhaupt remain skeptical that such a study is needed.
The facts say otherwise.  The last traffic study was done in 2011 and updated in 2013, and looked only at Prince Frederick, not county-wide.  It showed that, during the peak PM rush hour, fully six major Prince Frederick intersections were operating at levels of congestion the State deemed “unacceptable:” MD 2/4 at MD 402, MD 765A at Commerce Lane, MD 765A at Armory Road, MD 765 A at Church Street, MD 2/4 at MD 765, and Prince Fredrick Boulevard at MD 231.  This analysis was based on 2010 traffic volumes (somewhat lower than today).
Now add in that future traffic volumes will increase still further over today’s levels, as Calvert residential and commercial growth finally starts recovering from the effects of the great recession.  For example, four major Prince Frederick residential developments are already in the pipeline: Calvert Hills East (96 apartments), Chaplin South/Beechtree (260 apartments), Oakland Hall Phase 3 (31 houses) and the first section of Armory Square (250 townhouses).  That’s 637 new residences, or, conservatively assuming 1.5 vehicles per residence commute to work, 955 more vehicles added to Prince Frederick AM and PM rush hours.  In addition, some proportion of these vehicles will commute north on 2/4, adding to congestion at Dunkirk, some will commute south into St Mary’s, further aggravating the Thomas Johnson Bridge backup, and some will commute to Charles, adding to the MD231 headache.
Now factor in that the current draft Comprehensive Plan includes large expansions of the town centers, and envisions rezoning much of the added land to densities as high as 24 residences per acre.  Right now, unless a County-wide traffic study is done, there’s no way to calculate the impact of future rezoning and development decisions on traffic conditions and determine how many more intersections will fail. All we have are coarse State estimates that, if projected growth continues, traffic volume along Rt 2/4 will increase from over 50,000 vehicles per day to 83,500 by 2030.  Does anyone seriously think Rt 2/4 can efficiently and safely handle such an increase?
To preserve our current quality of life, it’s imperative that the County Commissioners include traffic study funding in the FY19 budget that will be submitted this Spring.  We must have study results before finalizing growth and rezoning guidance in the new Comprehensive Plan, if that plan is to be at all a responsible document.  Please press Commissioner Hejl, Hart and Slaughenhaupt to fund this study.

Breezy Point

New sign regulations despite our best efforts to fight them.

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners adopted new sign regulations on Jan. 31, 2018, to Section 6-8 of the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance.

Major changes include:
• Content neutrality to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Reed v. Town of Gilbert case opinion.
• More user-friendly:
• Located in one document instead of multiple documents.
• Sign dimensions, sign types and sign location now appears in charts for easier reference.
• Maximum sign areas and sign heights for freestanding signs both in and out of the town centers appear in charts for ease of use.
• All permanent sign regulations are consolidated in one section and all temporary sign regulations are consolidated in another for ease of use.
• A temporary sign is now defined by construction and material make-up of the sign, not a time limit. Temporary sign categories now include air-activated, balloon, flags, banners, blades and yard signs.
• The regulations allow electronic message center signs in the Prince Frederick Town Center and Employment Center zoning districts along MD Route 2/4, West Dares Beach Road and MD Route 231 west of MD Route 2/4.

The county’s code enforcement staff will begin enforcing these new regulations by assisting business owners through the transition. Staff will provide businesses that are out of compliance with a zoning inspection report including a correction date (30 days from date of issuance) along with an online link to the new regulations.

Business owners are encouraged to review the new sign regulations online under Ordinance 04-18.1, Exhibit B. For additional information, please contact the Department of Planning & Zoning at
410-535-2348 or pz@calvertcountymd.gov.

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Contact Information:

Calvert County Sheriff’s Department………………… (410)535-2800

Deputy Jared Curtin (Allan.Curtin@calvertcountymd.gov)….. (410)535-2800 ext. 8417

Maryland State Police……………………………………………………….. (410)535-1400
D/Sgt. Bruce Bevard, MSP, Bruce.Bevard@maryland.gov)

Deputy Greg Cameron, Calvert Co. Sheriff’s Office… (443)532-0000

Crime Solvers………………………………………………………410-535-2880 

 Crime Report – January 3 2018

Crime Report – January 10 2018

Crime Report -January 17 2018

Crime Report January 31 2018

Crime Report -February 21 2018

Crime Report – February 28 2018

Crime Report -March 8 2017

Crime Report April 10 2018    

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