Severn-area planning panel appointed

February 28, 1999

County Executive Janet S. Owens has asked 18 residents and business people to help draft plans that will guide the use of private property and public spending in greater Severn over the next 25 years.

She has asked Michael S. Shylanski, a Severn resident and civic leader, to chair the Severn Small Area Planning Committee. The Severn group is the first of six citizen planning groups Owens will appoint during the next week to look at growth-related issues in western and southern Anne Arundel County.

The committee members are: Vaughn L. Brown Jr. of Hanover; Jay D. Catlin of Severn; Walter D. Dow of Severn; Robert A. Honaker of Severn; Darryl L. Jones of Severn; Raymond H. Ringgold of Severn; Grover L. Bussey of Severn; Roy T. Dixon of Severn; Ann M. Ford of Glen Burnie; Alice R. Hunley of Severn; Melvin L. Kelly of Severn; Michael P. Caruther of Fairfax Station, Va.; Wayne A. Dixon of Harmans; Patricia D. Hayes of Severn; Robert G. Jacobs of Severn; Harry Matthews of Hanover; and Alvin Tilghman of Severn.

The Severn Small Area Planning Committee and the Department of Planning and Code Enforcement will begin crafting a long-range plan in April. The panel will meet twice a month over the next year, and members will hold at least two public forums to solicit suggestions from their neighbors.

Small area planning was a key recommendation of the General Development Plan the County Council adopted in 1997. The plan divided the county into 16 regions for which individual detailed plans are being put together.

Citizen panels were appointed last year to represent Annapolis Neck, Broadneck, Severna Park, Crofton, Crownsville, Edgewater and Mayo, and they have nearly completed their work.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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