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Waldorf Station

This project is located at the northern gateway to Charles County, bisected by U.S. 301. It is falsely advertised as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to exploit the public's desire to revitalize Waldorf, Charles County's urban core, with the aid of mass transit. The County planning staff says it is not TOD.

Originally promoted as a walkable project with "German flair,"  the northern half of the project morphed to include a proposed Walmart
supercenter with an enormous parking lot. In July of 2016 Walmart withdrew as a tenant. The project developer then ended a year and half of hearings over the special zoning exception needed to allow such a huge big-box store. Unfortunately, to make room for the big-box store, the county allowed the developer to locate the path of western parkway too near Mattawoman Creek, where it paves over wetlands and shoots pollution toward the river. The developer also was allowed to locate "Mattawoman Drive extended" to damage a tributary.

Hence as currently proposed, Waldorf Station presents unacceptable impacts to Mattawoman Creek, and its wetlands, streams, and floodplain. These impacts largely stem from the proposed alignments of
Mattawoman Drive extended--it directly violates the county's own Resource Protection Zone ordinance--and Western Parkway. The alignment is being challenged in court.

Further, the project appears not to be integrated with a proposed major upgrade to U.S. 301 that would alleviate congestion throughout Waldorf, and that is a viable and vastly less destructive alternative than a new highway called the Western Waldorf Bypass.

As presently configured, Waldorf Station would make traffic on 301 even worse, with a level-of-service of "failing" (that is, gridlock). The effectiveness of the proposed "mitigation" has never been divulged, nor has the length of time it might be effective as growth continues.

Project Details

  • 140-acre property in Waldorf bisected by Route 301.
  •  Located at the Charles-Prince George's line, bounded by Mattawoman Creek to the west, Route 5 to the east, Substation Road to the south.
  • Different kinds of uses are not integrated.
  • Western Parkway is proposed to traverse the site on the west side of Route 301, but is sited for maximum impacts to aquatic resources.
  • Plan shows the proposed rail corridor, but the development is not well-designed to take advantage of transit.
  • The proposed Western Parkway and rail paths appear to restrict options for a U.S. 301 upgrade.

Waldorf Station involves two parcels (outlined in red) split by U.S. 301.  The site will incorporate the last phase of the Western Parkway.  When the originally proposed alignment (white) was moved (yellow), environmental impacts to Mattawoman skyrocketed: the county's Resource Protection Zone (RPZ) is essentially ignored in the proposed spur to 301 east of the proposed Walmart Supercenter, and disturbance from the Parkway itself intrudes on the floodplain (yellow hatching).