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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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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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