The League of Women Voters of Calvert County seeks additional members to help our observer corps teams. We presently staff separate teams to observe the Board of County Commissioner meetings most Tuesday mornings; Board of Education, which normally holds one daytime and one-night time meeting per month, and Planning Commission meetings, normally one evening per month.
Team members rotate meeting coverage on a predictable schedule they individually select. Most of the meetings are videotaped, and if life interferes and you can’t attend, you can watch it on video. The teams have fill-in the blank observer reports and a Google drive repository.
Please consider helping this important League transparency initiative. Contact us at info@Calvert.LWVMD.org.
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County Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update
Three workshops were held in Sept/Oct as part of the Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Ordinance updating process. According to the Dept. of Community Planning & Building, the next round of public meetings will be in the next phase, Develop Plan and Ordinance. These focus topic/issue meetings have not been scheduled yet. The Dept. anticipates these will be held the first part of 2017.Click here for more details. While you're visiting the County's website, use the "Notify Me" button in the left-hand column to receive updates about any future meetings.
Prince Frederick Town Center Development
On August 25, 2016, the Calvert Coalition for Smart Growth filed an Appeal of the Commissioners' decision to adopt the Armory Square text amendments. Visit the Coalition's website for more info.
On July 26, 2016 the Board of County Commissioners approved Text Amendment 15-08a, which pertains to the New Town District (former middle school site and proposed Armory Square development). The changes will allow:
Immediately after approving these changes, a presentation was made to the County Commissioners by the Peterson Group, a nationwide development company who is in negotiations with the County and Bargo, LLC (owners of the Armory Square property) to enter into a Development Agreement to develop the properties.
According to the County Attorney's memo attached to the agenda, the next steps will be to: (1) order additional appraisals of the County-owned properties; (2) meet with Bargo and The Peterson Companies to discuss a Development Agreement that identifies compensation for the County-owned properties and addresses benefits for the community consistent with the 2013 Charrette and horizontal integration of retail and residential uses, public amenities and green spaces within a walkable development.
Transparency of County Governance The League of Women Voters of Calvert County (LWVCC) has issued a report that assesses the effectiveness of the Calvert County government in engaging its citizens in important county decisions.Click here to access the report.
Observer Corps The Board of County Commissioners Observer Team is actively seeking volunteers. The team is also soliciting ideas for guest speakers for 2016. To suggest a speaker or find out more about volunteering, please contact Sharron Bickel, 610-410-5840 or email@example.com.
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