Planning Commission could approve a preliminary plan for the huge Guilford project in Bryans Road May 18.

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Charles County draft Comprehensive Plan
Degradation of Mattawoman to continue if plan is not altered!

State comments on the draft plan here.

In a divided vote on Feb. 9, the Planning Commission ignored a request by the elected Board of County Commissioners to meet before passing the flawed plan on to the state. Despite some positive steps, the plan is essentially the failed 2006 plan. It falls far short of smarter growth scenarios previously considered. The next step will be a public hearing before the Planning Commission after state comments are received.

Can you tell which map is the 2006 plan, and which is the 2015 plan?
Hint: the 2015 plan has even more forest land opened to development.


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More information here.

Guilford preliminary plan before Planning Commission for approval

May 18, 6 PM

Charles County Government Building,
La Plata

The Planning Commission could approve a "preliminary plan" May 18 for this very large subdivision. The plan includes  apartment buildings, and would forever change the character of Bryans Road. A huge increase in traffic would burden Billingsley Road. (The additional traffic is equivalent to over 30% of that now carried by state route 227.) It would aim students at overcrowded schools. And it would damage tributaries to Mattawoman Creek with excessive impervious surface. More information on Guilford is here.

Hearing: Capital Improvement Projects, Board of County Commissioners

May 20, 6:30 PM

Charles County Government Building,
La Plata

The "CIP" budget is key to balancing funds for many projects like school renovations, parks, roads, and more.

This is also a place where elected officials can scrutinize past poorly conceived ideas. A majority of the Board of Commissioners is responsibly doing just that. Two good examples are:

 (i) The Cross County Connector that would have devasted Mattawoman Creek by opening areas to new  sprawl development, and for which permits are denied.

(ii) The longer alignment of Western Parkway, Phase 3 that would cost more and would unnecessarily damage Mattwoman Creek. The longer alignment was moved to placate a developer wanting room for a big-box store in Waldorf, rather than providing mixed-use Transit Oriented Development as originally promised. More information on this topic is here.

Hearing: Big-box Special Exception

Next date: Tuesday, May 26
7 PM
Charles County Government Building,
La Plata

Additional dates to be determined

Developers of Waldorf Station want Charles County to welcome visitors with a giant big-box store in an area zoned for Transit Oriented Development. The big-box--a Walmart Supercenter--is too big to fit current zoning, so the Board of Appeals must grant a special exception for it go forward. The special exception would be another step toward locking in a project design that has morphed over time to be unnacceptably damaging to Mattawoman Creek.

This quasi-judiciary hearing will last several evenings as lawyers and expert witnesses present testimony (the 1st meeting was April 14). Then the public will be invited to speak at a date to be determined. More information on Waldorf Station here.


June 13, 11 AM- 5 PM
Town Hall, La Plata

See us there for children's activities and information. Sign our petition!

Once There Were Billions--vanished
birds of North America
Through June 2015
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History & the garden at the Castle

Martha, the last passenger pigeon on the planet, succumbed on Sept. 1, 1914. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of this stunning extinction, when a part of the sky did, in fact, fall.

Martha is exhibited for the 1st time in 15 years, along with displays examining the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen.