Development team to propose options for southern county

October 09, 1998|By Kirsten Scharnberg | Kirsten Scharnberg,SUN STAFF

The team of international growth and development experts coming to south Anne Arundel County arrives in Deale today.

The team -- with members from Canada, Wales, England, Scotland and the United States -- has volunteered to tour the 140 square miles of south Arundel's scattered communities and farms to provide an "outside perspective" about how best to couple development with historic and natural preservation.

South Arundel was chosen for the Countryside Exchange because it sits in a prime real estate location close to Washington, Annapolis and Baltimore.

"Development and growth are most definitely the buzzwords down there right now," said Fran Flanigan, executive director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, one of the exchange's sponsors.

For a week, the team will tour the area, visiting a marina, touring a farm and new housing development and sitting in a traffic jam, among other things. At the end of the week, they will submit a written report to the county addressing issues such as farmland preservation, growth management, intergovernmental cooperation, quality of life, tourism development and watershed planning.

In preparation for the exchange, about 50 south Anne Arundel residents have been discussing key issues they want the visiting professionals to address, such as how much growth is appropriate; when and where growth should occur; how to recapture and retain the area's agricultural industries and commercial fisheries; and how to create and sustain community identity.

Some of the events are open to the public. They include:

5: 30 p.m. today: community welcome, potluck and slide show, The Inn at Deale on Drumpoint Road.

10 a.m. Saturday: presentation on historic tourism in South County, Galesville Community Hall.

9 a.m. Sunday: infrastructure discussion, Mayo Civic Association Hall, Route 214 East.

nTC 7 p.m. Monday: education round table, Southern Middle School, 5235 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

9 a.m. Tuesday: growth management round table, Pirate's Cove in Galesville.

3 p.m. Tuesday: business / economic development round table, Elks Lodge in Deale.

9 a.m. Wednesday: natural resources round table, Davidsonville Family Recreation Center.

7 p.m. Thursday: exchange team report to public, observations and recommendations for South County's future, West River Camp.

Information: 410-867-1756 or 301-261-9398

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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