From: Sabrina Stough
Robert Barnhardt of Marriottsville writes in support of Waverly Woods II and how he believes land values will rise in the area of Don Reuwer's project ("Life by Waverly Woods," Howard County Sun, Oct. 9).
Barnhardt would have us believe that he was pleasantly surprisedby the comparison of Waverly Woods II to Hobbits Glen. Should he nothave been familiar with the area, being an employee of American Properties and Don Reuwer?
I am sure the areas he visited were attractive in that Chase, Farside, Chapel Woods and Clearview are only residential areas, homes on 3-acre sites, which is exactly what the residents are fighting to preserve.
Barnhardt makes no mention of the density, the impact on roads, schools and emergency services this wouldcreate or of the impact of the planned commercial, retail and business parcels within a residential community. If anyone thinks this willincrease our property values, they must indeed be afraid for their jobs.
Unlike Barnhardt, I am not afraid to identify my affiliation with CARE, an organization in tune with responsible growth for the betterment of Howard County, unlike the developers of the GTW group, who are only interested in how to maximize their profits at the expenseof our children, our neighbors and our quality of life.
LET'S FOCUS ON REALITY
From: Darla Barranco
I have lived in Howard County for the last 15 years and witnessed a good deal of growth. Most of this growth has been well done, but much of it has lacked any comprehensive plan. Now someone finally steps forward and offers to master plan a community, and the new residents get upset.
Tothese folks, I would like to say, wake up and smell the coffee! Where have you been?
The Howard County General Plan has called for thedevelopment of this property for the last 10 years. The property hasalways showed on the Master Water and Sewer Plan as being in a Planned Service Area. The property is in the metropolitan district, which means that the property owners pay taxes for water and sewer service.
Despite these facts, we still have those who would put their headin the sand and pretend that this property will ultimately be developed as 3-acre home sites. Get real!
This is finally the opportunity to do something outstanding in the Ellicott City area. Do not squander the opportunity to give the plan the scrutiny it deserves.
Let's focus on reality. The property is not now and never was in the rural west; it has been slated for development! Let's make sure that it's the best development it can be.
DO NOT REZONE THE EAST
From: Barbara Wachs
I disagree with developer John Liparinni's reported statement that the east should be rezoned to higher density during comprehensive rezoning.
Already the county is proposing to take parkland to build the school necessary to support Liparinni's development of the I-95-Route 100 mixed-use center recently rezoned by site plan. Will there be any parkland left in the east if we go to higher densities?
As part of the Elkridge Community Association General Plan Task Force, I learned that traffic congestion is projected to be a serious problem in the east even with current zoning. Zoning to higher densities will only exacerbate this traffic problem.
We do not need affordable housing in the east as much as we need to maintain the quality of life here.
This means expanding our parkland, not destroying it, maintaining uncongested roads without having pavement and noise pollution everywhere, maintaining uncrowded schools without building too many of them, and not increasing the demands on the infrastructure so that our tax rate escalates to expand and maintain it. Rezoning to higher density will reduce the quality of life in theeast on all of these points.
We do not need to rezone to higher density in the east.
REDISTRICTING HURTS BLACKS
From: Sherman Howell
Citizens for Equitable Districting
The Citizens for Equitable Districting take exception to the "redistricting plan tentatively" approved by the County Council. An analysis of that proposal shows that it has the potential of weakening, as opposed to maximizing, the integrity and voting strength of the county's African-American community.
CED is a coalition of Howard County African-Americans citizens whose mission is to assess the implications of redistricting on local, state and congressional levels, as such initiatives apply to the electoral success of black and other minority residents of Howard County. Toward achieving this mission, CED earlier presented aplan to the community and the County Council districts increasing the likelihood of success of African-American candidates in two or moreof those districts.