From: Joe Hills
There are several points which should be emphasized with regard to the proposed Waverly development.
Waverly is proposed as a mixed-use community, including a planned employment center, public golf course and residential community with supporting services. The inclusion of an 18-hole championship golf course will enhance both the planned employment center and the residential component of the development,as well as increase the prestige and desirability of the surroundingarea.
In a mixed-use development, a golf course provides valuableopen space and wonderful aesthetic buffers, not only within the development itself, but in relation to outside development as well. This added green space improves the density of the development, reduces runoff from pervious surfaces, absorbs noise and is environmentally sound.
The golf course, then, allows for a more ideal development in the way it combines residential and employment components with natureand recreation.
From the residential perspective, homeowners appreciate the open space, aesthetics and protection from further development. From the employment standpoint, businesses are attracted by theprestige associated with having their address on a golf course designed by one of the country's foremost architects.
The specific golfcourse our company has laid out for Waverly has the potential to be one of the finest public golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Weare responsible for several Top 100 public and private golf courses in this country, and of the many sites on which we have worked, Waverly is among the best we have seen. The golf course fits in beautifully with the topography and winds its way through the entire development, effectively buffering the residential areas from the planned employment center and supporting services.
This ample corridor width isan indication of the overall quality of Waverly. Developments that are only interested in short-term profit maximization will squeeze thegolf course in favor of additional lots. This is not the case with the Waverly plan.
The golf course, residential, and commercial space has been blended into a single, cohesive project that promises to project an upscale image, while still providing for buyers in many price ranges. It is obvious that the developers of Waverly are only interested in a community of the highest quality, and one that will be a credit to Howard County.
(Hills is the director of the eastern U.S. region for Arthur Hills and Associates, golf course architects.)
LIFE BY WAVERLY WOODS
From: Robert Barnhardt
Myneighbors seem to be making several statements about Waverly Woods that I would like to address.
The first goes something like this: "If we wanted to live in Columbia, we would move there." What my neighbors fail to recognize is that nobody has asked them to live in the Waverly Woods development, they have been asked to live "around" it. The question then becomes for those of us who will live around it, notwhat life will be like in the development, but what life will be like around the development.
Taking Donald Reuwer's suggestion that the Waverly Woods will be most like the Hobbits Glen area in Columbia,I decided to take a weekend excursion and visit the communities around Hobbits Glen to investigate the quality of life.
Route 108, which borders Hobbits Glen, is much like Route 99 (a two-lane road). My first turn was into a development called Gaither Farm. This development features lots at least 3 acres in size surrounded by an original restored barn complete with horses. The horses are very grand and the properties are extremely well-maintained.
Next I went down Homewood Road and turned right into a small development called Point of Homewood. This was much like Gaither Farm, and I saw no evidence of the close proximity to Columbia that had any negative impact on this property.
The same was true of Farside and Chase which I visited next. Again, I re-entered Route 108 and headed west. On my right was a 3-acre(-lot) subdivision known as Chapel Woods and then another 3-acre subdivision known as Clearview. These subdivisions, while being newer than the aforementioned 3-acre subdivisions, seemed to be developing along much of these same lines.
In summary, I saw nothing in these developments that would indicate the property values or the quality of life in the developments was in any way negatively affected by their proximity to Columbia. In fact, the reverse seems true!
The attraction of these communities and their resulting high property values result from the fact that they are close to Columbia. I believe land and house values in our area will increase because of Waverly Woods.