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The process is not over and there will be further opportunity for public input.
Poolesville’s Draft Master Plan offers some advancements and some potential for concern.
This plan anticipates adding approximately 1700 new residents. Will the shared Piedmont groundwater aquifer be able to sustain new water consumers and withstand more impermeable surface and runoff? Does this build out comply with repeatedly stated wishes of Town residents to stay a small, rural community? The plan affects both the Town and the surrounding rural communities as it brings potential for traffic and resource depletion and degradation. The public hearing is scheduled for September 14 7:30pm at Poolesville Town Hall.
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Folks are always asking: Where do I get that beautiful illustrated map of the Ag Reserve. Many thanks to Reserve resident, conservationist and artist Tina Brown for creating it! For $12 it can grace your home. Makes a great gift too! The map measures 24″ x 18″.
BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, August 18, 2011) – Between 2002 and 2010, developed lands in Maryland increased by 8.4 percent, or 128,650 acres. That was- twice the rate of population, which increased 4.8 percent, or 259,600 persons, according to analysis in the State’s new Land Use/Land Cover map.
Not sounding much like smart growth. This really makes it all the more clear that we must press forward with the preservation of the Ag Reserve here in Montgomery. Don’t be fooled that development is tied to population growth in all cases.
For full news release click Press Release
Photo of the activists that have long sought to keep Hilltop in farming: Peter Eeg, Dolores Milmoe, Jim Coleman, Tom Leedy and Peg Coleman.
This coming September, Montgomery County Planning Board will hear argument for reconsideration of a plan to build 7 new homes on a 232 acre parcel along West Old Baltimore and Slidell Roads in the Ag Reserve. This is another clustered suburban subdivision that not only conflicts with the intent of the Reserve but also undermines the purpose of the child lot provision. This owner claimed child lots for corporate “children” in order to slide past an easement that was given for nearly 1 million in taxpayer dollars. That is chutzpa!
See Washington Examiner August 11, 2011
“Nature believes in this approach and I believe in this approach.” Andy McIntire, Owner operator McIntire Cattle Company
New pasture management techniques were discussed on a stinkin’ hot day in Virginia. Tip of the rake to Virginia Conservation Network for organizing the event!
Your membership and donations keep us working toward a vibrant and beautiful Ag Reserve here in Montgomery County. Membership numbers truly matter when we go before state and local officials to testify or to seek support for our issues. Moreover, our budget, while lean, does support two professional staff members as well as expenditures on educational materials, legal counsel and environmental consultants. Now, when issues of importance arise, including land uses that endanger our rural lands, the machinery is in place and ready to respond. MCA has built a solid reputation on its professionalism, work ethic and results oriented approach. We owe deep gratitude to our members, donors and partners.
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