Plan would transform Parole parcel

May 22, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

Turning Parole into a mid-rise urban center with stores and offices connected by walkways may sound like a far-fetched idea, but that's what will be discussed at the Anne Arundel Planning Advisory Board's meeting Thursday.

The Parole Urban Design Plan includes an analysis of the 1,500-acre parcel and recommends ways to improve roads, protect remaining natural areas and streamline the permit process. The plan was developed by the county's Department of Planning and Code Enforcement and the Parole Growth Management Advisory Committee.

It calls for a 30-year transformation of Parole. Stores, offices and residences would be connected by walkways and courts.

southbound ramp would be built from Jennifer Road to Route 2. Riva Road from northeast of Admiral Cochrane Drive to Aris T. Allen Boulevard would be widened to provide a right-turn-only lane, and a ramp would be built to Aris T. Allen Boulevard from Admiral Cochrane Drive via Spruill Road.

Developers will be encouraged to build complexes with a mix of offices, stores and housing. Those who build in the designated Parole core would not have to have as much open green space as developers who build elsewhere in the county, but it would not apply to parking.

Another incentive would allow buildings to take up larger portions of a lot than is now allowed, and a streamlined review process would reduce the number of steps for project approval from three to two.

The plan's introduction follows County Executive Robert R. Neall's promise to focus on the Parole area.

County spokeswoman Louise Hayman said legislation will be introduced to the County Council this summer to implement parts of the plan.

The board's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road.

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