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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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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