County Sets Purchase and Retirement Fund Price

The County has accumulated over $4 million in unspent land preservation funds designated to be used for the Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund. The program retires (permanently removes) Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) from the market, thereby protecting farmland. On September 24th, the Board of County Commissioners approved purchasing Transferable Development Rights (TDRs)  at the rate…

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Tier Maps Do Not Preserve Land

Tier maps are mandated by Maryland law to limit the impact of septic systems on the Chesapeake Bay. However, tier maps do not preserve land as was stated at the Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing and implied by Planning Director Mark Willis on July 30th at the County Commissioner’s meeting. Tier maps do not contribute to…

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It is time to start funding the land preservation program

Sustainable Calvert Network is asking the Board of County Commissioners to restore land preservation funding back to at least $2.5 million. According to a recent Preserve Maryland Survey, more than 75% of Calvert County Residents support protecting agricultural lands and waterways. So why would the funds put aside for land preservation be cut by more than 50%? These…

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New Poll Reveals That County Residents Support SCN’s Mission

Smart Growth Maryland commissioned a poll conducted by OpinionWorks, just released today, that confirms all that Sustainable Calvert Network (SCN) has been saying about the desires and concerns of Calvert County residents. According to the poll, 87% of county residents support protecting waterways like the Chesapeake Bay, Patuxent River and local creeks and 79% support…

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Highlights of Board of County Commissioners Candidates Survey

How do candidates feel about important Calvert County land use issues? All Calvert County Commissioner candidates were given three weeks to complete a survey initiated by the Sustainable Calvert Network, the Dunkirk Area Concerned Citizens Association, and the Huntingtown Civic Association. Mike Hart and Kelley McConkey did not respond. Seventeen candidates did: Mark Arness, Matt…

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Large Crowd Welcomes 16 Candidates for County Commissioner

Over 200 citizens crowded into the hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to learn about this year’s prospective County Commissioners. Greg Bowen, Executive Director of the American Chestnut Land Trust, welcomed the candidates noting that citizenship is the cornerstone of a democracy and democracies fail if good people don’t come forward to run for office….

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