Highland House Opens

May 20, 2024                                                             Volume XXII, Issue 1

A Short Recap

On February 23, 2023, the Highland Community, led by GHCA, first met with the management of Tuerk House, the drug & alcohol rehabilitation system which had purchased the former Country Gardens Assisted Living in Highland. It was a fiery meeting fueled by misinformation regarding the planned facility as many of you who attended may recall. Tuerk House leadership was completely stunned by what confronted them. By the end of the meeting it was resolved that GHCA and Tuerk House would work together to develop a Memo of Understanding, (MOU). Since that night, GHCA leadership, in concert with the immediate neighbors, has quietly worked with Tuerk House to create this comprehensive document. This was recently approved by Tuerk House, the neighbors and GHCA.

The MOU

Within the MOU is the following definition of Highland House residents:

The Highland facility will be dedicated exclusively to pregnant women who have successfully completed a withdrawal management program. Per the Howard County Fire Marshall, occupancy may not exceed 14 patients. Treatment will be restricted to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 3.1 Level. This is a structured, Clinically Managed, Low-Intensity Residential service which encompasses a 24-hour structured living environment with at least 5 clinical services per week. The goal is that patients, after successfully completing the programs, will engage in employment or academic pursuits and reconnection with family.

Further, The MOU Specifies:

  • No outside visitors are allowed;
  • All deliveries and transportation will be by Tuerk vehicles and staff;
  • There is 24 hour staff and supervision;
  • Residents are limited to the house and the yard surrounding the property;
  • Residents may not leave the property except for pre-approved appointments and meetings. Transportation will be provided by Tuerk House;
  • Unauthorized departures are grounds for immediate dismissal from the program;
  • Lighting and cameras are specified, as are locks on exterior access points;
  • The property is to be thoroughly screened from view with vegetation and fencing;
  • Signage will be subtle;
  • Tuerk House will share in the maintenance of the shared driveway; and
  • Occupancy is limited to 14 patients and the facility may not be expanded.

A Cooperative Effort Yields Success

We’ve come far since the meeting at St. Marks. Throughout the process Tuerk House, under the leadership of Bernard Gyebi-Foster, has been consistently cooperative. The facility, now called Highland House, recently opened, serving pregnant women from Howard County who have successfully completed a substance withdrawal management program. Residents of Highland House will be there to make a transition to an independent life, free of substance dependency. The need for such a facility has been well-documented by the Maryland Department of Health.

GHCA would like to express our appreciation for the support and guidance received from the Offices of Councilperson Deb Jung and County Executive Calvin Ball. Our elected officials worked for & with the Highland Community to facilitate a solid, positive relationship among all involved.

Tuerk House Update

Newsletter                           

Volume XXI, Issue II

Dear GHCA Members and Friends:

Although we have posted a few brief updates regarding what has been transpiring with the Tuerk House facility in Highland, we have not issued a complete update on this matter until now.

Community Meeting

On February 23 a standing-room-only Community Meeting was conducted with representatives of Tuerk House at St. Marks. Also in attendance were staff from our County Council persons’ offices. At the close of the meeting, Tuerk House Executive Director, Bernard Foster, agreed to provide an executive summary letter in which they would address the community’s concerns.

Meeting Follow-up

Within less than a week, GHCA officers wrote Mr. Foster, requesting agreement on 17 specific points of concern strongly voiced during the February 23 meeting. The objective of this communication was to elicit a positive response from Tuerk House, addressing these points to the community’s satisfaction.

Tuerk House Response

Over a month passed before we received the Tuerk response. It was nothing more than a marked-up copy of GHCA’s letter, agreeing to some points and neglecting to address others. It was not on their letter head, nor did it carry a signature. It was certainly not the binding agreement we sought. GHCA quickly responded, stating our disappointment in the less than satisfactory response and advising Tuerk House we were prepared to take further steps with Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ).

Shortly Thereafter

In early May, County Executive Calvin Ball held a press conference in which he announced $2.5 million to expand Behavioral Health Services, including $500,000.00 for the Tuerk House Facility in Highland.

At around the same time an important decision, against DPZ, was handed down by a Howard County Board of Appeals Hearing Examiner in the case of the Manor Hill Brewery on a dead end, residential street off Route 108 in Clarksville. The Examiner found that DPZ had been “arbitrary and capricious” in making only the most cursory investigation of the neighbors’ legitimate zoning complaint. In order to take their case to the level of the Hearing Examiner, this necessitated the expenditure of many thousands of dollars in legal expenses. The decision is likely to be appealed by the County, which will incur further legal expense from the aggrieved residents of Manor Lane.

The sum total of these two incidents made it clear to the GHCA Board that:

  • City Hall is firmly in favor of the Tuerk House expansion in Highland; and
  • A complaint to DPZ will likely necessitate taking it through several appeals at a projected cost of over $100,000.00.

The GHCA Board is in agreement we should not expend your dues money in a battle which has virtually no chance for success. Further, in order to mount this effort, the community will need to raise the considerable funds to cover the legal fees.

By Way Of Background

In 2016 a study was completed on behalf of the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration to determine, on a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction basis, the need for Opioid Treatment Centers in Maryland. The study showed Howard County needs 1700 more placements than are currently available! This study only addressed Opioid Treatment. If other addictions were included, the County’s resource shortfall would be even greater. Hence County Executive Ball’s commitment of $2.5 million to expand the County’s current placement inventory.

Next Steps

In June, GHCA officers met with our County Council Representative, Deb Jung, and Carl DeLorenzo, Director of Policy and Programs for the County Executive. Mr. DeLorenzo specializes on Healthcare issues. We shared our previous correspondence with Tuerk House and the disappointing response received. It was agreed that Councilperson Jung and Mr. DeLorenzo would communicate directly with Bernard Foster of Tuerk House to develop a binding agreement which will meet the needs of the greater Highland community. At this writing those discussions are on-going.

Current Status of Tuerk House in Highland

At this time the project is still awaiting its license from the State Department of Health’s Office of Healthcare Quality. Until the license is received, the project cannot be opened and operational.

A Further Option

Citizens of Highland, who are directly and negatively affected, may lodge a complaint with DPZ on the basis that the terms of the Caswell Conditional Use are not being adhered to in the Tuerk House case. The Caswell Conditional Use specifically limits the site to the care of elderly people. Pregnant women and women with young children do not fit this definition. This would be a long shot. However, it would put the objection on record as one more instance of DPZ’s flexible interpretation of rulings.

GHCA cannot file this complaint because in legal terms the organization lacks standing. We have learned from a similar, previous situation the complaint must be lodged by a person, or persons, who can show damages or losses.

In The Final Analysis

GHCA plans to continue to work with Council Person Jung, Mr. DeLorenzo, and their associates to achieve the binding agreement representatives of Tuerk House agreed to at the meeting on February 23. We believe this is the most effective means of achieving a working relationship which will foster and protect the interests of the greater Highland community. During this process there will be an opportunity for review and input by the immediate neighbors who will be most directly affected by the facility.

Minutes of Feb. 23rd Meeting

Greater Highland Crossroads Association (GHCA)

Meeting Minutes

2/23/2023

7:00PM-8:15PM EDT

Prepared By: GHCA Secretary

Attendees:

GHCA Officers and Board:

Dan O’Leary
Kathy O’Leary

Charlotte Williams
Alan Schneider
Geoff Jackson
Adam Collison

Paul Collison
Majeedah Johnson-Collison

Hilda Matthieu
Scott Shearer

Residents of Howard County

Tuerk House Staff:

Bernard Foster, Executive Director
Albert Arrington, Residential House Manager
Brian Zimmerman, Facilities Director

Mayra Diaz, Director of Operations

 

Discussion

Welcome (Charlotte Williams, President)

    • Charlotte Williams welcomed attendees and provided an overview of the history of GHCA.
    • Alan Schneider provided an overview of the rebuild project for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Old Business

    1. Nomination of Directors (Dan O’Leary, Chairman)
      • The following leadership was confirmed by the Board: Paul Collison, Adam Collison, Geoff Jackson, Stu Kohn, Dan O’Leary, Director and Chairman, Alan Schneider, Scott Shearer, and Charlotte Williams, Director and President, Hilda Mathieu, Vice President
      • 8 out of 9 positions are filled.
      • Nominations for the remaining position were encouraged.
      • Board will be elected at next membership meeting
    2. Zoning Committee Update (Dan O’ Leary, Chairman)
      1. Successful opposition to crippling commercial solar farms (CSFs) on Agricultural Preserved Land. CSFs are now limited to the lesser of 20% or 16 acres and 2 Megawatts.
      2. Zoning Violations Cured (Dan O’Leary, Chairman): Highland Crossing: Landscaping, restored, handicap parking restored, shed removed.
        • An official zoning violation was filed when landscaping was denuded. Result: Landscaping and buffers were restored to original plan.
      3. Hall Shop Road: Junk vehicles removed, and paving operations  ceased.
        • An asphalt paving contractor sought, and was granted a BR zoning (business Rural). He was permitted to run an operation with improvements to be made to the property. GHCA investigated lack of improvements. Apparently, the operation moved to another location.
        • Complaint of Junk vehicles at 2 other locations resulted in vehicles being removed.
      4. Rte 108 First House North of Grey Pony Site: Contractor operations ceased.
        • A violation was filed. against a contractor asphalt operation. Apparently, the operation has moved to another location with equipment and staging area.

New Business

  1. Presentation by Tuerk House Staff, followed by Q & A- Charlotte Williams
    • Bernard Foster, Executive Director, provided an overview of Tuerk House which has been in operation for over 50 years and has worked in Howard County for 20 years. Tuerk House works with the Howard County Health Department to provide services to Howard County residents. Foster provided a background regarding Tuerk House’s alcohol and drug abuse treatment care facility developing in Highland.
    • Foster noted that there are not many long-term treatment programs available for women who are working toward living in sobriety. Thus, Tuerk House aims to provide a means for pregnant women who are residents of Howard County to receive treatment in Howard County. The property where the treatment facility is planned for is located on Route 12752 Scaggsville Rd. (MD 216). The estimated timeline to launch the program is July 1, 2023.
    • The facility is residential and at a 3.1 level of care. Therefore, residents housed are one step away from living independently. The program is designed for pregnant women. Tuerk House has security measures and staff to monitor residents.

Question/Answers (from Howard County Residents to Tuerk House Staff)

  • Highland is a remote location and therefore does not have public transportation nor many sidewalks for pedestrians. Describe how transportation will be managed for patients.
  • A: The facility will have a van for patients.
  • How many staff will be on site at all times?
  • A: The maximum number of patients in the program is 15. There are two staff on site at all times.
  • Can Tuerk House confirm that the facility will only be utilized by pregnant women and not become instead a men’s facility? Is there any binding documentation?
  • A: The program is designed for pregnant women, either in their first or second trimester, who have been sober for at least 30 days.
  • Describe activities that the residents will do while at the facility.
  • A: There is a daily schedule for re-assimilating into the community. Objectives for patients include receiving therapy, transitional housing, employment, education and/or trade school.
  • There are concerns regarding improvement for right-of-way in cooperation with nearby property owners. Confirm that street signage to be added for new traffic navigating to the facility.
  • A: This information will be included in the executive summary provided by Tuerk House.
  • How are needs assessed for pregnant women who are assigned to the program?
  • A: Each individual is assigned based on medical necessity, often by Medicaid. The number of days, between 30-60 days are also assigned.
  • What kind of signage will be posted?
  • A: No signage is planned to be posted at the facility.
  • Are visitors permitted to visit residents in the program?
  • A: Only staff who work at the program are permitted at the facility. Visitors are not allowed. Any patients who violate the no visitors rule are removed from the program. Patients who are removed from the program are referred and transitioned to another program. Cell phones are not permitted by residents.
  • There was discussion and concern about the facility being solely a men’s drug rehab program. Can the community be provided with a 1-page description including objectives, safeguards, clientele?
  • A: Tuerk House will provide a summary including the information requested by March 16, 2023.
  • What was the cost of the property purchase?
  • A:1. 4 million                                                                                                                                            

Adjourn

  • The public meeting adjourned and GHCA leadership concluded the question/answer session.

Post-Meeting Discussion between GHCA & Howard County Residents

  • O’Leary and Williams discussed that upon receipt of the executive summary, the document will be reviewed for revisions and next steps.

Next Meeting Date/Time: TBD


Action Items

Task Owner Due Date Status
Send letter to Bernard Foster summarizing community requests to be included in executive summary Charlotte Williams March 1, 2023 Completed
Provide summary/objective for intentions of Intermediate Care Facilities planned for Highland location to GHCA for review and revision Tuerk House March 16, 2023 In Process, GHCA letter sent to Tuerk House

 

GHCA to review and revise summary/objective provided by Tuerk House GHCA TBD
Draft and provide MOU for Intermediate Care Facilities planned for Highland to GHCA for review Tuerk House TBD
Schedule and hold follow-up meeting(s) with community members/neighbors to discuss documents provided by Tuerk House GHCA TBD
Schedule next due date(s) for revised summary/objective for intentions of Intermediate Care Facilities planned for Highland GHCA TBD
Review revised draft summary/objective Intermediate Care Facilities GHCA, Community Members TBD

 

 

Important Meeting Thursday, Feb. 23

IMPORTANT NOTICE

COMMUNITY MEETING

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2023

7:00 PM

ST. MARKS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

12700 HALL SHOP RD.

The Greater Highland Crossroads Association will resume regular meetings on Thursday, February 23 at St. Mark’s Church. GHCA has not held regular meetings throughout Covid. However, we have remained vigilant and engaged in our community. We will highlight our recent responses and the status of ongoing points of interest.

 

The primary concern to be addressed is the development of an Intermediate Care Facility in the former Country Gardens Assisted Living residence by Tuerk House, a 50-year-old alcohol and drug rehabilitation organization, located in Baltimore. Tuerk House has acquired Country Gardens and is readying it to receive men who have completed in-patient treatment and who are preparing to re-enter the work force and society. A Tuerk House representative will join us to inform us of their vision and plans and to respond to our questions and concerns.

 

Please make plans to attend the meeting – it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other!

 Thursday February 23

7:00 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Covid-19 Bulletin

 

April 9, 2020                                                                                      Volume XVII, Issue II

Maryland Projection: Deaths to Peak on April 17

According to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Maryland’s daily coronavirus-related death toll will peak at 60 on April 17.

Researchers predict that “resource use” — the need for hospital beds, ventilators and other equipment — will also peak that day, according to the institute’s modeling.

The institute updates its projections for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and numerous nations on a regular basis, often daily.

You can check on friends and relatives in other states as well as other countries. We are better off than many states, but face a shortage of about 500 ventilators. Remember that the death rate lags behind the infection rate by a week or more. We are probably on the humps of infections right now. So far today, that rate has jumped 12% by 10:30AM. Go To: https://ncov2019.live/data

This the week to be super cautious. We are staying safe and staying home.

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We’ve created the Greater Highland Crossroads Association Facebook group.  Please join up to see the latest news on events, happenings, meetings, your neighbors and everything else Highland.   Its free, useful, entertaining. You don’t have to be a member of GHCA to join the Facebook group.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GHCACommunity/about/
GHCA Website

Please visit our completely re-designed site: GHCA  Chuck Gait will continue to maintain it. Comments and suggestions are welcome: Chuck Gait — Check it out, many members have taken advantage of PayPal to process membership with just a couple clicks.  Or do it the old way below:
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March Newsletter

 

March 9, 2020                                                                                          Volume XVII, Issue I

Chairman’s Message  We know it has been awhile since you have heard from us, but that does not mean we have been idle. We have been working with Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, CCWHC and Howard County Citizens Association, HCCA on a number of issues, the most urgent is the irresponsible installation of commercial/industrial facilities on farmland that is in the Howard County Agricultural Preserved Land Program. Those “Farmland Forever” signs you see on 216 and elsewhere throughout the western county have cost us taxpayers $300,000,000! Not only that , your real estate taxes are higher to make our for the lower taxes on the farms, and the tax-free interest paid to the farmer. On top of that the farmer is getting $1,800 to $2000 acre per year to take his farm land out of production. The going rate to rent farmland for farming is $100 per acre.

GHCA, combined with CCWHC, HCCA and others have been successful in urging the Agricultural Land Preservation Board to re-evaluate and change their criteria to much more restrictive and reasonable requirements. and in promoting the formation of a County Taskforce to evaluate the program going forward.

However, six projects have slipped through the first stage of approval, and two projects through the second and final stage. We are continuing to oppose these projects at various levels of appeal. Legal advice and representation are now a necessity. Please renew you memberships so that we may contribute to the legal fund.

 

Postal Service Issues  GHCA Member, Steve Thomas has been our representative and advocate to the USPS for a number years. Starting first at the local level, he has now worked his way up through the bureaucracy to the level of a regional manager who wants to come to our next membership meeting. Highland has experienced delivery problems for almost two years. You have received a letter that states old mail was discovered and now could be delivered. Many have received mail over a year old. The former postman a=has been dismissed and an investigation is ongoing.

However, we are still having delivery problems, and suspect you are too. Please email me so Steve and I can compile the status of delivery over the last 2 months or so. Mark the subject USPS and send it to Dan O’Leary

 

A NOTE IN PASSING Long time Highland resident, dentist Dr. John Baar, died peacefully at home this past week. We remember John fondly as the Beer Meister of the Highland Day beer garden. His father was a brew master who headed up numerous brewing operations across the US, so John’s special skill at tapping a keg and deftly pouring a frosty tall one, came naturally. Thank you, John. We raise our glass to you!

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!!
We’ve created the Greater Highland Crossroads Association Facebook group.  Please join up to see the latest news on events, happenings, meetings, your neighbors and everything else Highland.   Its free, useful, entertaining. You don’t have to be a member of GHCA to join the Facebook group.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GHCACommunity/about/
GHCA Website

Please visit our completely re-designed site: GHCA  Chuck Gait will continue to maintain it. Comments and suggestions are welcome: Chuck Gait — Check it out, many members have taken advantage of PayPal to process membership with just a couple clicks.  Or do it the old way below:
(Membership is $25.00 annually by calendar year)

Name:__________________________
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Tel: ______________________________
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Make Your Check Payable to GHCA
Mail to GHCA, PO Box 412, Highland, MD  20777

 

October Newsletter

October 7, 2019                                                                                                                                    Volume XVI, Issue V

Reminder

GHCA is on Facebook

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!!
We’ve created the Greater Highland Crossroads Association Facebook group.  Please join up to see the latest news on events, happenings, meetings, your neighbors and everything else Highland.  Spread the word.  We want to be able to reach as many in our community as possible.  Its free, useful, entertaining and a source of vital information on many topics of importance to all of us who live near the crossroads.  You don’t have to be a member of GHCA to join the Facebook group, by the way, ‘though of course we’d welcome you should you decide to support us in an active way.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GHCACommunity/about/

Highland Welcome Signs  The damaged signs at Mink Hollow and Paternal Gift on 108 were rescued fairly-intact. Anyone wishing to help repair and re-install them is welcome to contact me or post on Facebook

GHCA Website

Please visit our completely re-designed site: GHCA  Chuck Gait will continue to maintain it. Comments and suggestions are welcome: Chuck Gait — Check it out, many members have taken advantage of PayPal to process membership with just a couple clicks.  Or do it the old way below:
(Membership is $25.00 annually by calendar year)

Name:__________________________
Email:__________________________ (very important! Save postage, and keep informed)
Tel: ______________________________
Address (only if not on your check)

Make Your Check Payable to GHCA
Mail to GHCA, PO Box 235, Highland, MD  20777

 

September Newsletter

September 10, 2019                                                                                                                                                          Volume XVI, Issue IV

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!!

We’ve created the Greater Highland Crossroads Association Facebook group. Please join up to see the latest news on events, happenings, meetings, your neighbors and everything else Crossroads. Please spread the word. We want to be able to reach as many in our community as possible. Its free, useful, entertaining and a source of vital information on many topics of importance to all of us who live near the crossroads. You don’t have to be a member of GHCA to join the Facebook group, by the way, ‘though of course we’d welcome you should you decide to support us in an active way. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GHCACommunity/about/

 

 

NEW FITNESS CLASSES AT ST. MARKS

Howard County Parks and Recreation is launching a special series of exercise classes, geared to seniors, (55+) to be conducted at St. Marks. “Exercise with Ease” will be offered as well as several different yoga classes. For full information, including dates and how to register, For more information about Encore (55+ yrs) classes, please contact Curtis Gore at 410-313-7281 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

 

HELP WITH COMMUNITY PICNIC

Remember Highland Day and how we used to love coming together at the crossroads, seeing our neighbors and making new friends? GHCA would like to continue this neighborly tradition, but with a simpler look and feel. We are considering planning a casual, family-friendly event for next spring. Experience has proven it takes at least a small village to accomplish this. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact GHCA President, Charlotte Williams at president@highlandmd.org. Participation is fun and fulfilling. We cannot do it without you!

 

Pre-Submission Meeting, October 3, 2019

The petitioners, intend to submit a Conditional Use Petition for an age-restricted adult housing development. The subject property is currently zoned RR-DEO (Rural Residential: Density Exchange Option) and consists of approximately 71.09 acres, more or less, and is located at 12170 Lime Kiln Road, Fulton, Maryland. The pre-submission community meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723.

 

 

The GHCA Website

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July Newsletter

June 27, 2019                                                                                                                                          Volume XVI, Issue III

Special Notice

In Memoriam

Dear Friends,

 

Many of you know that Our dear friend and GHCA Treasurer, Mike Fennessy passed away last week of an apparent heart attack.

 

We are all deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Mike.  He loved being part of our Highland community and we will long remember him for his contributions to its improvement including his masterful handling of parking at our annual community Highland Day celebration and his service as our only Treasurer of our GHCA.  We will miss Mike and his willingness to pitch in no matter how daunting the task.  Mike’s sons Brendan and James have asked me to reach out to our Highland community to announce a memorial for Mike. They wrote:

 

The Maryland Memorial will be held at Mount Zion UMC (12430 Scaggsville Rd, Highland, MD 20777) at 2pm this Sunday June 30th. There will be a gathering in the fellowship hall, so please bring some snacks and non-acoholic drinks. Afterwards there will be a more initimate alcohol and party infused gathering at our house 12748 Scaggsville Road, Highland, MD, 20777. Please help us by spreading the word and spreading love.”

 

 

Dan O’Leary

Chairman, Board of Directors

 

The GHCA Website

Please visit our completely re-designed site: GHCA Chuck Gait will continue to maintain it. Comments and suggestions are welcome: Chuck Gait — Check it out, and take advantage of Pay Pal to renew your membership with just a couple clicks or do it the old way below:

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June Newsletter

May 27, 2019                                                                        Volume XVI, Issue II

 

  June 6 at 5:45 PM

St. Marks Church

Membership Meeting to elect This Year’s Board of Directors, And

  to prepare the hall for your Council Member,

David Yungmann, District 5

Chairman’s Message

Please attend to cast your vote in the election of a new Board of Directors. If you have a nomination to the Board you may submit it in writing any time before the 6th. You must be a dues-paying member to vote. See the membership info below or visit the website to join via Paypal. We also need a few hands to arrange the seating for Mr. Yungmann’s Town Hall and possible some help directing traffic. Please email me on these matters — Dan — danielol12832h@gmail.com

Councilman Yungmann’s Town Hall begins at 7:00 PM
 

This Town Hall will be focused on the Highland, Clarksville, and Fulton areas. Future Town Halls for western Howard County and the Ellicott City area will be announced – stay tuned!

David Yungmann | dyungmann@howardcountymd.gov  | 410.313.2001 | Website

Zoning Updates

  • Industrial Solar is proposed for Broadwater Lane area near Route 32 in Clarksville. 19 of 51 acres (32.4%) are to be covered with solar panels, comprising almost all of the arable farm land. A small horse farm tenant will remain, but there are no written assurances this operation will continue. The maximum allowable percentage is 34%.  The Agricultural Land Preservation Board has approved the plan. GHCA  has joined with Howard County Citizens Association, HCCA, Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, CCHWC and neighbors on Broadwater Lane to oppose this commercial/industrial use on Agricultural Preserve land. We taxpayers paid for  Farmland Forever, not solar triple-dipping: ALP payments, minimal real estate taxes, and solar rents as high as $1500 per acre. Update: Following citizens’ objections on May 23, the Hearing Examiner ordered another Pre-submission Meeting and postponed the hearings until July 22.

County Executive, Calvin Ball’s First Town Hall, June 11.

GHCA is co-sponsoring this event with the main sponsor HCCA. It is critical that this 400-seat venue be filled with active citizens. Although he has conducted listening tours, this is the first time that Dr. Ball will be taking questions from audience members.

HCCA will be providing Ledo’s pizza starting at 6:30!

All attendees will be receiving a Special Gift.

For many reasons we need you to register to attend. Click the link below for details and click on the “Register” link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hcca-annual-meeting-with-special-guest-county-executive-dr-calvin-ball-registration-60113961477

The GHCA Website

Please visit our completely re-designed site: GHCA  Chuck Gait will continue to maintain it. Comments and suggestions are welcome: Chuck Gait — Check it out, and take advantage of Pay Pal to renew your membership with just a couple clicks or do it the old way below:

(Membership is $25.00 annually by calendar year)

Name:__________________________

Email:__________________________ (very important! Save postage, and keep informed)

Tel: ______________________________

Address (only if not on your check)

Make Your Check Payable to GHCA Mail to GHCA, PO Box 235, Highland, MD  20777