Pending Legislation

February 4, 2017

There is a hearing Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 am. in Annapolis for the rezoning request of the property located at 2869 Jessup Road.

If you are interested in fighting this request request the best course of action is to send a letter to Larry Tom, Head of Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning so he has it in hand no later then February 8, 2017.

Email Larry Tom

Below is an example of a letter to send:Mr. Larry Tom
Heritage Office Complex
2664 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Re: Case number #2016-0323-R/Applicant COPE Brock Bridge LLC

Dear Mr. Tom:

I am a homeowner in the community near the proposed rezoning of 4.24 acres located at 2869 Jessup Road and implore you NOT to approve this rezoning request.

This impact of “spot zoning” this property to W1 will be devastating to the homeowners in the community, especially those living along Jessup Road.

The county completed its last comprehensive rezoning in 2009 and will pass another in 2019. The County Code and Maryland law are quite clear that during the period between comprehensive rezoning’s, the zoning system is supposed to be stable; rezoning permitted only in very limited circumstances.

The properties along Jessup Road were previously rezoned SB and was left up to the owner to decide if they wanted to create a business or have the property remain residential.  Facts show, the residents wish to remain SB and would like to remain IN THEIR HOMESThis in NOT a mistake.

The land used for National Business Parkway and Clark’s Hundred were rezoned during the last general development plan and the Count Council was aware of the plan.  This is when the Small Area Business Plan was designed for properties along Jessup Road with the help of, and long hours of work from, the neighbors living in the Jessup community.  NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX, Shannon’s Glen.  Shannon’s Glen does not fit with the small area plan but this rezoning was approved by P & Z.  This “mistake” should have no bearing on the rezoning request for the applicant property.

The implementation of BRAC should have no bearing on the rezoning of this property as stated in their request and there is no need to have additional frontage on Jessup Road which is now predominantly private residences to accommodate BRAC.  There is enough property located within the National Business Parkway to accommodate their needs.

Jessup Road has been widened, as stated in the application, but only from the intersection of National Business Parkway to the bridge over Rt. 295. The bridge is only one lane in each direction, and will not be widened until at least 2020.  The current widening consists of one lane westbound, from Rt. 295, with two turning lanes on to National Business Parkway and one lane continuing on Jessup Road. Eastbound Jessup Road from National Business Parkway added one lane but this is a forced exit on to Rt. 295.  The new traffic light at Shannon’s Glen makes it more dangerous to continue eastbound on Jessup Road as it lessens the time a driver has to move to the left lane to continue straight.  A turn lane from eastbound Jessup Road on to National Business Parkway was added.

Westbound Jessup Road, from National Business Parkway, remains one lane in each direction and State Highway has no plans to change this.  This is the location of the property listed in this application.  Traffic alone Jessup Road remains difficult especially during rush hour and shift change from the prison employees. Entering and exiting the post office during these times is especially dangerous.

Additional traffic to accommodate the zoning request would be detrimental to those living and traveling this road.

The “monumental entrance” to the National Business Parkway, as stated in the application, has no bearing on traffic along Jessup Road.

I implore you to “just say no” to this application.


A Concerned Citizen

January 23, 2017

During the General Membership Meeting, Board Member, Mark Angell spoke of a pending bill regarding transportation:

Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016

Contact information for our legislators:
Pamela Beidle
Phone 410-841-3370, 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3370
Email Delegate Beidle
Mark Chang
Phone 410-841-3511, 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3511
Email Delegate Chang
Ted Sophocleus
Phone 410-841-3372, 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3372
Email Delegate Sophocleus
Ed DeGrange
Phone 410-841-3593, 1-800-492-7122 et. 3593
Email Senator DeGrange