July 2017 Newsletter

Zoning Update and the Latest Happenings

Business Rural Crossroads, (BRX): County Council voted unanimously to repeal BRX, and Alan Kittleman signed the bill immediately. It takes effect July 5, 2017. We thank Stu Kohn for the support of HCCA, Ted Mariani of CCWHC, and all those in  Highland  who joined in the effort to remove this potential threat to our community.

Review of Zoning and Development Regulations, Update: The phase I assessment continues as Clarion Associates gathers input from government and citizen sources. Last month DPZ reported over 500 comments received. GHCA leadership continues to be engaged in this process through periodic meetings with DPZ. You can participate by attending meetings on July 24 or 25 and by filling out the survey here: Howard County DPZ, Deadline is July 10 for survey.

Speeding at the Crossroads: Shortly after 8:00 pm on June 11 Garland Brian, traveling west on Highland Rd., was attempting a left turn into his driveway. Behind him a SUV was waiting. Speeding west on Highland Rd. a young man in a sedan approached. Rather than try to stop he passed the SUV just as Garland turned left. He bounced off Garland’s left front truck tire and hit the utility pole in front of the Brian property. The crash sounded like an explosion from1/4 mile away. His vehicle was totaled and power and cable lines were cut. Neighbor Sean Hefferon, reports that the car did a complete 180. All the air bags deployed saving the driver from serious injury. GHCA has previously requested that the HC Police enforce the 30 mph limit on this road and 35 mph on 108. No action yet. Maybe now?

Thanks to Terri Westerlund for the hundreds of flags planted in the Highland area. She makes it easy for us to display our patriotism. Happy Birthday, Terri!

Picnic in the Park & Summer Concert

Schooley Mill Park, Hall Shop Road, Highland

Friday, July 28, 2017

GHCA Members’ Picnic: starts at 6:00 PM in the Community Room **

HC Rec & Parks’ Concert is 7:00 – 8:30 PM


"Panama Rex" band

The Panama Rex Band leaves audiences inspired by their rhythmic grooves that often cross genre boundaries. Its all about the "jam band". A combination of the drums, phenomenal slide guitar, precision of a seasoned jazz saxophone, the crafted bass lines, and the passion of an inspired vocalist/guitar player, create a sound that doesn’t have people describing it as "Jimmy Buffett" but as " The Ultimate Jam Buffet Band "

Details to follow soon

Membership Special Appeal: I ask every current member to bring at least one neighbor to our next meeting and to join; we need double our numbers and clout in 2017. Please join or rejoin GHCA. The Membership is $25 for the calendar year. Now more than ever your participation and membership is needed to support the continued efforts of GHCA to represent your interests before Maryland/Howard County government, development interests, and community events.

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