Charles Commissioners Restrict Development In Mattawoman Creek Watershed

A Bay Journal article (2017-07-04) reported that the Charles County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to create a Watershed Conservation District that will limit development in the Mattawoman Creek area and Port Tobacco River headwaters. The vote concludes a long and controversial debate over whether and how the Mattawoman Creek area should be developed. … Continue reading Charles Commissioners Restrict Development In Mattawoman Creek Watershed

Charles County’s New Comprehensive Plan Addresses Mattawoman Creek Concerns

A Bay Journal article (2016-07-12) reported that the Charles County Board of County Commissioners has adopted a new comprehensive plan that includes protections for the Mattawoman Creek waterway. The debate over how to handle development around the Mattawoman Creek area has been contentious both within the County and with affected stakeholder organization. From the article: That county’s … Continue reading Charles County’s New Comprehensive Plan Addresses Mattawoman Creek Concerns

Dru Schmidt-Perkins Leaves 1000 Friends of Maryland

A Bay Journal article (2017-11-08) highlighted the long career of Dru Schmidt-Perkins, who recently stepped down as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland, a position she has held for 19 years. Schmidt-Perkins grew 1000 Friends from a small nonprofit to a key stakeholder on issues related to Smart Growth, sprawl development, and the preservation of … Continue reading Dru Schmidt-Perkins Leaves 1000 Friends of Maryland

Charles County Considers New Development Limits

A BayNet article (2016-11-17) reported on a proposal to create a new Watershed Conservation District (WCD) along the Mattawoman Creek watershed and the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River in Charles County. The proposed change follows the adoption of the County’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan and would limit development potential in the affected area. Charles County Planning Director Steve Ball briefed the … Continue reading Charles County Considers New Development Limits

Chapman’s Landing Project Highlights Risks & Decision Making Challenges of Large Development

In an October 8, 2015, Washington Post commentary, architect and University of Maryland professor Roger Lewis explored the decision-making challenges posed by large development or redevelopment projects and how hindsight can show that a decision which seemed good at the time is not good in the long-term.   From the commentary: But big plans entail big financial, environmental and political … Continue reading Chapman’s Landing Project Highlights Risks & Decision Making Challenges of Large Development

Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Charles County recently approved a septic tier map different from that recommended by a work group assembled for the task.  The approved plan includes half of an  18,000-acre deferred development district in the Mattawoman Creek watershed in a tier allowing future growth on septic systems.  A March 27 SoMdNews.com article reported … Continue reading Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map

As previously reported by Conduit Street, Charles County has formed a stakeholders work group make recommendations regarding the County’s comprehensive plan and propose a septic tier map.  A March 11 SoMdNews.com article reported that the County commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the septic map proposed by the work group and instead adopted an alternate proposal that would classify half … Continue reading Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map