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Notice: we are working on a complete update of this page which will be posted sometime in December.

SUMMARY:   Developers, taking advantage of recent changes in local development laws, are able to request a PUD (Planned Urban Development) hearing before the County Council without community input.  Based on this presentation, the project is approved or disapproved by the council.  Once approved, the community is only  able to comment on the development.  Worse, once a project has been approved, the developer can the go back requesting revisions and amandments, again without any public input.  He can amend the PUD and annex adjacent properties at a later time.  This can become an endless process.



                                                    Galloway Creek before condo development.

  

                      Our original concept of Galloway Creek Marina after condo development

Several large property owners have requested zoning changes to their properties to take advantage of this unrestricted development opportunity.  Large tracts of land along Bay Drive, along Chester Road off Susquehanna, and along Carroll Island Road have requested rezoning.  Many existing marinas are currently zoned for condo development,
particularly the 4 marinas located down Edwards Lane, as well as Maryland Marina, Porters Seneca marina and Long Beach Marina.  Beacon Light Marina is requesting rezoning also.  The developer that built the condos at Hopewell Point has teamed with Galloway Marina to be the first on the peninsula with the condo development.  However, we can expect many more to follow if this development plan becomes successful.  That will add up to 900 new units and 3000 more people, concentrated in high rise low cost condos on the waterfront in BQ.




                 A Hopwell Pointe Condo on Galloway (very similar to what the developer proposed).

BQCA feels strongly that this development will add to the existing traffic congestion and ruin the waterfront skyline.  In addition, condo development has historically lowered the value of the homes in the area. We are OPPOSED to this development as it only benefits the developers.

The following is a 1 page postion paper on the PUD high density condominium redevelopment of Bowleys Quarters:


Bowleys Quarters Community Association  -BQCA.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BQCA Position Paper on Galloway Creek Condominium PUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2007

 

 BQCA supports development in accordance with the existing Community Development Plan and the Baltimore County Master Plan.  Development on the peninsula is and should continue to be limited to detached single family dwellings.

 

 BQCA does not support development of condominiums, additional townhouses or multifamily units outside of the rural urban demarcation line, or beyond Red Rose Farm Road, as stated in the community plan.  BQCA opposes this PUD development as it will set a very detrimental precedent for all future development on the peninsula.

 

 

 BQCA  residents solicited 300 signatures to stop the proposed development of the 36 unit condominiums; Councilman Bartenfelder stated that number was sufficient to indicate that the community as a whole is opposed to the development.

 

 BQCA is opposed to any proposed development of buildings adjacent to or within residential areas that do not conform to the height, size and setback requirements of the surrounding neighborhood.  The proposed condominiums exceed the height, size and setback requirements for development within the critical zone.

 

 BQCA is opposed to any development which does not conform to Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, specifically any new construction shall comply with 4A03 Growth and Management Plan for Bowleys Quarters; the proposed condominiums do NOT comply.

 

 BQCA is opposed to any new construction which does strictly comply with critical area land development regulations: the proposed condominiums do NOT comply.

 

 The proposed condominiums will create an enormous break in the visual appearance of the overall waterfront community.  The condominiums will have an adverse visual affect on adjacent property holders and all waterfront property holders within visual range, as well as have an adverse affect on local property values.

 

 The roads servicing the proposed development are substandard and can not support additional development without significant upgrade.  The existing roads can not handle the existing population, and backups exceeding ½ mile have become daily occurrences.

 

 The schools and general infrastructure of the area can not support the added population.

 

 After the installation of grinder pumps on most of the peninsula, the local water continues to fail public health and safety standards.  Development of high density population centers near or in the critical zone such as the proposed condominium will serve to increase runoff and pollution.  BQCA is opposed to high density waterfront development.


                            

                  If you are concerned about this development, now is the time to take action.  
                   Please join the Community Association and help us help the community.

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