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.