Did the BOCC change requirements for developers when building apartments/townhomes in town centers?
Yes, but with input from the agriculture and development communities. In 2013, prior to the current board taking office, the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board prepared a draft list of suggested program changes for Transferrable Development Rights (TDRs), which included:

-- “…scale TDRs to match the type of development and require perhaps one TDR for an apartment, two for a condo, three for a duplex and five for single family residences.”
-- The Prince Frederick Town Center charrette report made several key recommendations, one of which was to reform the TDR program

Based on growing concerns about the TDR program, in 2015 the Department of Planning & Zoning held several joint meetings with the agricultural and development community to discuss TDRs. To make certain that all there was even representation from both the development and agricultural community, four representatives were chose from each of the communities that included: Susie Hance-Wells, Wilson Freeland, Hagner Mister and Steve Oberg (agriculture); and Randy Barrett, Rick Bailey, Rodney Gertz and Anthony Williams (development). The group’s recommendations were presented to the Board of County Commissioners in May 2015; the new regulations were adopted and became effective in November of 2015. The group’s recommendations followed the process for zoning ordinance text amendments, including agency review, public hearing, recommendation by the Planning Commission and adoption by the BOCC.

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1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
2. What is a Zoning Ordinance?
3. Who is involved in updating the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan?
4. What does a Comprehensive Plan do?
5. Why is a Comprehensive Plan needed?
6. Why are we updating ours now?
7. How does the Zoning Ordinance relate to the Comprehensive Plan?
8. What is the timeline?
9. How will the public be involved?
10. What is Calvert County's history with Comprehensive Plans?
11. Whom should I contact for more information?
12. Does the Comprehensive Plan draft call for expanded town centers? Why?
13. Is the Prince Frederick Town Center to be significantly expanded? Why?
14. Is it true that traffic in Prince Frederick is projected to reach 83,500 trips per day by 2030?
15. Is it true the draft Comprehensive Plan ignores Maryland Department of Transportation studies predicting future transportation impacts in Prince Frederick even before its proposed expansion?
16. Shouldn’t studies be conducted on local traffic before any town centers are expanded?
17. Why does the draft Comprehensive Plan designate Dunkirk as a “major town center?”
18. If land preservation is a goal of the Comprehensive Plan, why has there been a moratorium on Agricultural Preservation Districts since 2013?
19. Why has land preservation slowed in Calvert County?
20. Is it true the draft Comprehensive Plan has no recommendations to improve the county’s effort to preserve 40,000 acres of farm and forest land?
21. Is it true the Board of County Commissioners members seized the Comprehensive Plan process from the Calvert County Planning Commission by hiring a consultant of their choice?
22. Is it true the Board of County Commissioners rushed through the Comprehensive Plan process two years prior to the 10-year review deadline?
23. Did the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) stop the 1989 Prince Frederick Master Plan Update Prior to the Election of 2014?
24. Did the BOCC adopt piecemeal changes, disregarding the Prince Frederick Master Plan?
25. Did the BOCC change requirements for developers when building apartments/townhomes in town centers?
26. In Prince Frederick, did the BOCC reduce setbacks, increase the number of dwellings allowed per acre (14 to 24), increase big box store size and increase building height to 6 stories?
27. Did the BOCC adopt regulations allowing big box and restaurants to have signs taller than local businesses?
28. Did the BOCC attempt to eliminate Architectural Review Committees (ARCs) and weaken regulations to favor chains and weaken ARC authority?
29. Did the BOCC gut sign regulations and weaken regulations to allow sign proliferation?
30. Did the BOCC remove architectural standards for signs?
31. Did the Board of County Commissioners adopt term limits for the Planning Commission and other boards?
32. Did Board of County Commissioners members exempt themselves from term limits?