Calvert Staff Present Issue Paper on Preserving Rural Character

For its fourth workshop, the county staff and consultant will be focusing on preserving rural character. The workshop will be held Thursday, April 20, Building B, Workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. and it entitled “Preserving Rural Character and Directing Growth to Existing Population Centers”. The title is significant. In too many rural counties, the “rural” part is lost if…

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SCN weighs in on new comprehensive plan

Calvert County’s update of the Comprehensive Plan is in full swing. Many of our SCN members participated in the comprehensive plan meetings organized by County planning staff. Afterward, the Sustainable Calvert Network leadership voted unanimously to forward the following recommendations concerning the new plan. “Our nine groups have come together to comment on the Comprehensive…

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New Maryland Legislation Will Restore Open Space Funds

On April 5th, Governor Hogan signed into law HB 462 Program Open Space – Transfer Tax Repayment – Use of Funds. The bill restores and protects state funding to transfer tax-funded land conservation, preservation and recreation programs. The bill had broad support in the House and Senate. Maryland’s land preservation stakeholder groups played a major…

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A Status Report on Calvert’s Environmental Resources and Issues

By Dr. Walter Boynton Introduction and Purpose: Calvert County is endowed with an amazing abundance and diversity of natural resources. Chesapeake Bay, often thought of as the queen of North American estuaries, borders the County to the east and the Patuxent River estuary, the largest river-estuary wholly within Maryland, defines the western border of the…

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Facts about Calvert County

The Calvert County Planning Consultant will be beginning the rewrite of  the Comprehensive Plan and zoning ordinance in 2016 and the Sustainable Calvert Network wants to lend assistance in finding information so that people can take informed positions. County size and population. Calvert is the smallest county in the state, with approximately 140,000 acres including wetlands. The…

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SCN meets with Commissioners

All eight Network groups were represented when we met with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, January 5th. Several of the Commissioners thanked our groups for the work we do and they acknowledged the importance of protecting our rural resources. In our presentation, we focused on two requests: restore the $1.5 million in new county money…

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Engaging in the preparation of a new comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance

Over the last 40+ years, Calvert County developed a reputation for good planning: In 1974, Calvert County’s first comprehensive plan was adopted. The county received an award from the National Association of Counties for the citizen participation process used to develop the plan. The central focus of the plan was retaining the county’s rural character….

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