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Major subdivision proposed for Nanjemoy denied on appeal

posted Oct 1, 2017, 11:40 AM by   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 7:16 AM ]
On September 12, 2017, the Charles County Board of Appeals unanimously overturned the Planning Commission's previous approval of Washington's Discovery, a major subdivision proposed in the heart of Nanjemoy. The Board agreed with the appellants on all three of their objections based on procedural and safety grounds. The Mattawoman Watershed Society and some of its members were among the appellants.

In particular, the two roads by which residents would leave the area are much too narrow to support a major subdivision. Pictured is Hancock Run Rd, the narrower of the two roads, where the pavement in places is less than twelve feet wide. The subdivision would have opened onto Adams Willet Rd, with substandard lane widths as narrow as eight feet. The Board of Appeals determined that the mitigation offered--larger culverts to reduce commonplace flooding on the Adams Willet Rd--was insufficient to compensate for its narrow width.

The project's added traffic would not only have jeopardized the safety of current future residents, but also bicyclists drawn to local (pdf) and national scenic bike routes using the roads. The denial of the development will also benefit forest-interior dwelling birds and the federally endangered Dwarf Wedge Mussel down stream of the project.