2018-2019 County Budget:  The County Council begins work on the County Executive’s proposed 2018-2019 operating and capital budgets in April.  These decisions affect every one of us and the decisions made during this annual process impact taxes, services and priorities.  There are numerous hearings, presentations and work sessions scheduled for the next two months so I’m attaching the full Council Calendar.  For more information on this process and how to get involved, contact our current Council member Greg Fox at gfox@howardcountymd.gov or me at info@DavidYungmann.com

Rt. 32 Expansion – Phase 1:  Project is approximately 25% complete.  Limited lane closures and detours are expected, with primary detour being Ten Oaks Rd.  Completion is scheduled for Summer 2019.

Rt. 32 Expansion – Phase 2:  Preliminary SHA engineering is complete and contractor bids are in process.  Much of the final engineering will be done as part of the bid process during which contractors have an opportunity to provide alternatives.  Of particular concern to residents will be changes in neighborhood access to Rt. 32, new interchanges and replacement of the Triadelphia Rd bridge.  That bridge is currently expected to be out of service for over a year unless an engineering solution comes out of the bidding process.  With the only detour being Rosemary Lane, it will be a major inconvenience for residents, parents and staff of TRES/FQMS and many business owners such as those around the Glenelg circle and our farms west of Rt. 32.  SHA is working on a community meeting.  These links provide a visual overview of the project in 4 segments: Linden Church to North of Dayton ShopDayton Shop to North of PfefferkornPfefferkorn to Fox ChaseFox Chase to Rt. 70.  Bids will be completed in Fall 2018, with construction starting in 2019 and completion in 2022.

ZRA 183 – Composting and Natural Wood Waste:  On March 16, the Planning Board voted 5-0 to recommend approval of ZRA-183.  With respect to composting, the ZRA creates tighter restrictions on RC and RR property and creates the ability for an owner of an ALPP to apply for a permit with limits on scale and retail sales.  For Natural Wood Waste, the ZRA tightens restrictions on the previously allowed Conditional Use permitted on RC and RR zoned parcels and creates the ability for an ALPP owner operating a Horticulture Nursery to apply for a Conditional Use of up to 15%/1 acre.  All but state-exempt parcels will continue to require either an MDE permit, county Conditional Use approval or a combination of both.  Click for the Technical Staff Report and Text of ZRA.  The very last page provides a useful summary chart comparing existing law, the original bill CB-60 that was filed last spring and ZRA-183 the Planning Board is recommending.  The County Council is scheduled to begin hearing public testimony on April 16 at 7 PM.

Rt. 99 and Rt. 70:  The public input period for Rt. 99 enhancements has closed.  Now the County will prioritize physical and operational improvements for submission to SHA.  I’m happy to see that Rt. 70 improvements are on the 2019 SHA Priority Letter.  The addition of a 3rd lane in each direction between Rt. 29 and Rt, 40 represent a long-term solution for Rt. 99 congestion.  Upgrade and reconstruction of the interchanges at Marriottsville Rd. and Rt. 29 are also on the Priority Letter.

Bethany Glen:  The Hearing Examiner case is on-going.  Cross-examination of the primary engineer continue and will resume this week on Tuesday April 3 at 6 PM.  Additional hearings will be required but have not yet been scheduled.