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BLOG:Will There be a Severna Park Towne Center?

Plan Maryland will possibly be impacting Severna Park in the future with the County Executive's TFMP study that could dramatically change the face of our neighborhood.

County Executive John Leopold announced a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 19th to solicit input regarding a draft Transportation Functional Master Plan (TFMP).  “The TFMP examines all viable modes of travel including rail, bus, ride sharing, biking and walking,” said Mr. Leopold.  “Public involvement is key to making the process successful and implementing a plan that meets the priorities of the citizens who utilize the transportation in the targeted areas.”

One of the nine major corridors identified in the plan is Rt. 2 between Rts. 50 and 695.  

County Executive Leopold has appointed a seven member citizen advisory committee to provide insight.  Locally, Maureen Carr-York, former candidate for County Council and  past president of the Greater Severna Park Council, is one of eight county residents appointed to serve in this capacity.  The study period will last 18 months.  

“The plan, in an effort to provide sufficient density to support a higher level of mass transit, will recommend a considerable change in Severna Park.  This will take the form of a high density mixed use development on the site of what is now Park Plaza or Severna Park Marketplace.  Without drawing any immediate judgement on the merits of the plan, it can certainly be acknowledged that it would constitute a material change in the character of Severna Park and would impact our residents and our business community in very significant ways,”  said Ms. Carr-York. 

The current mode of thinking is that the proposed development change will be similar to the Annapolis Town Center at Parole.  The meeting on June 19th will be at Severna Park Middle School from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  This appears to be the start of implementing the governor’s Plan Maryland which was administratively enacted without passing through the MD Legislature for approval.

Visit the County’s website at:  http://www.aacounty.org.   Note the TFMP is referenced in both the “Headline News” and “Site Highlights”. 

For the state’s information on Plan Maryland visit:  http://www.plan.maryland.gov/whatIsIt/whatIsIt.shtml

The link to the United Nations' Agenda 21: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

Homeowners and business owners in Severna Park would be well advised to attend the meeting on Tuesday at the Middle School for information on this transportation plan.

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paul kriewald June 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
What an ugly thing to do!
Rebecca June 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I like the idea.
cynthia June 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Plan Maryland is not a good thing for our state and Agenda 21 is bad for our country. Wake up America!
Brad Myers June 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Outside of the concept that some sort of "town center" type redevelopment might not be all bad as a way to revitalize the older Severna Park center, the concept of dramatically increasing population density along one of the worse arteries (Ritchie Highway) solely for the purpose of "supporting" mass transit seems ridiculous in terms of traffic management.
Leslie Hunt June 18, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Ditto on that Brad- Traffic congestion is bad enough and then there's the increase in crime factor to go along with it..
john jeka June 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Its seems to early to evaluate the plan until more details are provided, but in general, I am supportive of: 1) improved mass transit, which is inadequate in Severna Park, and; 2) a redesign of the Severna Park Plaza/Marketplace, whose current configuration is straight out of the 1950s... more about accommodating cars than people.
Amy Leahy June 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I have sucessfully updated a draft of the plan for anyone who wishes to see the proposal.
Sean June 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Ok I'm a bit late to this party, but as a SP resident I'm very concerned about some of these proposed changes. I'm completely clueless as to local politics, does anyone have suggestions on where a concerned homeowner and SP citizen can get started on getting involved with this?
Amy Leahy June 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Sean, first you should take a look at the consultant's draft recommendations that I uploaded to this blog. The key wording about the Severna Park Town Center is hidden on page 7 under the land use category: "Allow for transit oriented development in Severna Park Marketplace, Harundale Plaza, Marley Station Mall and Glen Burnie Town Center." When asked about that at the public hearing the facilitator refused to answer anything about what it meant. You could also contact the county executive's office and the members of his appointed citizen's review committee whose names are listed on the county's website.
Erik Michelsen June 29, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Why is the link to Agenda 21 included? Has the state or county government ratified this UN declaration? Should we keep our eyes peeled for black helicopters?
John Norville July 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Brad - agree with you totally. The Transit Committee's Study to add density to justify transit is backwards. Add Transit to accommodate density & population, not the other way around. John Norville
The Severna Park small area plan included a town center, but it is called a village town center, small residential and commerical, not overpowering the area. The idea was part of the SAP passed while I was on the council. I urge people to communicate with the County if you do not want high density, transit oriented rapid transit in Severna Park
Sean, communicate with the Anne Arundel County office of planning and zoning and tell them that as a Park resident you do not support this concept and to not approve the portion of the transportation plan that would provide high density development in Severna Park.
Amy Leahy August 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
No ratification necessary, Erik by local governments. All done at the federal level and instituted by the locals. That's why O'Malley appointed a committee of a few to approve PlanMaryland without going through the legislature but is using them now to pass legislation that will put teeth into the Plan. This $3.8 BILLION road improvement plan is going to identify the high density areas of the state to allow for development there. Severna Park is one of those areas where growth is going to happen. We must let our voices be heard at the local level…that's where it can be stopped. They did it in Colorado and Carroll County, MD.

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