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The agreement maintains a requirement that service be extended to any area that has at least 15 homes per mile. This density requirement is the lowest density approved in Maryland.
County staff worked with Comcast to identify unserved areas that do not meet density requirements. Four unserved areas have been identified as eligible for build by Comcast.
The County will continue to work with Comcast to find opportunities to make expansion into unserved areas more affordable.
While internet service is not covered in the franchise agreement, the County will also pursue options and technologies to address internet coverage in unserved areas.
1974 Pleasant Peninsula Plan: “Control Our Own Destiny”1983 Comprehensive Plan: “Maintain the Rural Character” and “Promote a Strong Economy” 1997 Comprehensive Plan: “Establish 10 Visions”2004 Comprehensive Plan: “Stay the Course”2010 Plan Amendments: “Address State Laws”
For Comprehensive Plan Questions: Jenny Plummer-Welker, AICP, Long-Range Planner Calvert County Department of Community Planning & Building 150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-1600, ext. 2333 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2333 Email: email@example.com For Zoning Ordinance Questions: Mary Beth Cook, Director Calvert County Department of Community Planning & Zoning 150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-1600, ext. 2334 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The current Comprehensive Plan update draft aims to better define town center boundaries by considering existing land use patterns, the size of the core community, the roadway network, utility extension policies, preservation priorities and environmental constraints.
New boundaries would simply include areas that naturally enhance the town centers; that is, the boundary now follows the natural parcel boundary lines. Redefining these boundaries will make future development in these locations more predictable and better identified with the associated town center. Using this method, the town centers of Solomons, Huntingtown, Lusby, Owings, Prince Frederick and St. Leonard would expand. Dunkirk Town Center is not expanding.
While the plan draft recommends expansions of some town centers, it does not automatically expand the boundaries. That can only be done through zoning amendments which involves a full public process.
The Prince Frederick Town Center is proposed to expand in two phases. The first phase, as outlined in the draft Comprehensive plan, would incorporate the areas currently zoned Employment Center, which has no assigned density and shares a border with the current town center and the area to the southeast zoned Residential. This would expand Prince Frederick Town Center by approximately 23 percent.
The proposed second phase would occur only after a future Comprehensive Plan update, Transportation Plan update, Zoning Ordinance update, and the Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan update is completed. To include this phase would require formal action by the Board of County Commissioners following completion of the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update process.
Traffic studies completed by the state of Maryland are used in the comprehensive plan process, including a Prince Frederick area study conducted in 2011 and updated in 2013. The Board of County Commissioners also directed staff to update the county’s existing transportation plan that dates to 1997. An updated transportation plan will be done before the updated zoning regulations, which will dictate future density, are adopted. The transportation plan will cover near and long-term transportation statistics and goals countywide. By contrast, traffic studies are generally limited to smaller scales – a single intersection or a town center. The updated transportation plan will be used to determine if individual traffic studies are necessary during the future updating of all seven town center master plans.
Updating the county transportation plan prior to conducting new traffic studies follows the same logic of updating the comprehensive plan (countywide goals and vision) prior to developing zoning ordinances (specific implementation actions).
On the other hand, minor town centers contain a mix of uses, with concentrations of commercial, retail and civic and/or community uses. Minor town centers have more local-serving commercial uses when compared to major town centers. The county’s minor town centers are Huntingtown, Owings and St. Leonard.
Before lifting the moratorium, a detailed audit of the TDRs already existing had to occur. This type of audit had not been conducted in the 40-year history of the program. An electronic auditing program is nearing completion, which will be used when developing recommendations to reopen the Agricultural Preservation District program for future preservation. Meanwhile, other land preservation practices have been added over the years and remain in place.
Last year, over $1 million dollars in the county Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund went unused by property owners for the sale of associated Transferrable Development Rights (TDRs). This year, there is approximately $3.2 million set aside in the PAR fund. These funds directly impact preservation.
The BOCC also removed some restrictions to make it easier for the holders of TDRs to sell their holdings. Property owners holding TDRs are no longer restricted to 10 TDRs per annual transaction.
-- 9 changes between 1990-2000 (2/15/94; 6/13/95; 3/12/96; 3/19/96; 4/2/96; 12/23/97; 1/20/98; 12/8/98; 4/20/99)-- 8 changes between 2000-2010 (7/3/01; 5/29/01; 10/28/03; 12/2/03; 5/18/04; 8/10/04; 5/1/06; 3/25/08)-- 5 changes between 2011-present (5/4/12; 8/5/15; 11/30/15; 4/15/16; 7/29/16)
-- “…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.
The changes were also made in order to jumpstart the sale of TDRs within the Prince Frederick Town Center, text amendments were enacted. The County’s TDR program is designed to protect and preserve the rural character of the county by directing growth in the county’s Town Centers. Text amendments were necessary for Prince Frederick to reverse the trend of residential development occurring outside of the Town Center and to encourage residential growth in the Town Center, where previously it had been minimal.
Calvert County Government is now using eMaryland Marketplace, the State of Maryland bidding website, to bring you more efficient and effective bidding and procurement opportunities. The Purchasing Office is located in the County Services Plaza, 150 Main Street, Suite 105, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678. Please contact 410-535-1600 x2288. eMaryland Marketplace
The Board of License Commissioners, also known as the Liquor Board, provides information on how to apply, related documents and a meeting schedule.
The Department of Economic Development provides several services to support the local business community. Some include online business resources, marketing assistance, an ombudsman program and training and workshops. Call 410-535-4583 for full details. The department also works with several resource partners, such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to provide additional programs. An SBDC business counselor is co-located with our office and provides free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling. To arrange an appointment, call 410-535-4583.
The county publishes several electronic newsletters available via email.
The department administers the Calvert County Economic Development Loan Fund, an alternative funding source for Calvert County businesses. Information on other funding sources can be obtained from the Small Business Development Center. To talk with a local business counselor, call 410-535-4583 or visit www.sbdchelp.com.
The county maintains a list of its major employers.
The Ecalvert.com economic development website has a host of information about the county, including demographics, economic facts and more.
A Commerce Zone is a designated location where businesses that locate in the pre-determined zone can receive a real property tax credit. Real property tax credits are a common economic development tool used by jurisdictions across the nation. Commerce Zones also allow the county to direct development to appropriately zoned locations. In Calvert County, Patuxent Business Park is a designated Commerce Zone.
On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Economic Development offers an array of services to the business community. Presently, the county has a variety of incentives for new and expanding business. They include business counseling services, online business resource guides, free online employment classifieds for local businesses, fast-track permitting, financing assistance, the Calvert County Incentive Fund, the Calvert County Economic Development Loan Fund, real property tax credits, a free online commercial real estate tool for local realtors – CalvertProspector.com – and tailored training programs. Additionally, new initiatives to attract business such as zoning changes to the Prince Frederick Town Center and updates to the Calvert County Incentive Fund are examples of attractive selling points for businesses looking to locate in Calvert County.
Lists of potential jurors are pulled from both voter registration and MVA records; therefore, anyone with a driver's license or MVA-issued Maryland ID card is eligible to be called for jury duty even if they are not registered to vote.
The voting hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day, except for a Presidential General Election when the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If this information is not provided at the time of registration, identification will be required before voting can proceed. However, there are residency and identification requirements for same day registration.
Maryland's top two political parties, in their bylaws, declare who can vote in their primary election. A voter who insists on voting a different party ballot will be required to complete a provisional application and ballot. Then after the election, office staff will research to determine if a request was received before the deadline or if a clerical mistake was made. If neither situation applies, the ballot will be rejected. In any event, the voter will receive credit for voting.
Note: In a General Election, parties have no bearing and all voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of political affiliation.
a. First, the agent picks up or downloads an Absentee Ballot Application as well as the Designation of Agent form.
b. Second, the agent would return the voter's Application and Agent form in person after the voter has signed both forms. If properly completed and signed, the ballot will then be given to the agent to hand carry to the voter.
c. The voter's ballot may be returned in person by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or by mail, bearing a postmark on election day.
The Calvert County Election Board has no regulatory authority in Election Law over the placement of campaign signs. In general, campaign signs fall under the purview of Free Speech. There are no longer any time limitations as to when signs may be erected. Common sense is encouraged to maintain the beauty of our county. The State Highway Administration (SHA) prohibits any and all signs in the State's right-of-way. For more information, visit www.marylandroads.com, or call 410-545-2819. Calvert County's Community and Planning Building department follows the same guidelines as SHA for placement of political signs on county roads. For more information, visit their web page to view the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 6-8.05.E), or call 410-535-2348. A candidate should report any theft or destruction of signs to the Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800.
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Registered voters may call the Election Board office to request information and an application. In most cases, election judges are assigned to work in their own precinct or as close to home as possible. Training is required, for which each judge will paid $25 along with election pay. Judges are paid a minimum of $175 for each election or early voting day worked.
Positions available to County employees only are clearly labeled as “In-House Position Announcements” and are emailed to employees and posted at sites without computer access. Non-county employees who apply for internal jobs will be informed that the application will not be accepted.
Hours are 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Appointments are required to file for disability or retirement. For general inquiries and appointments, contact their office at 1-888-866-5181. Their main office is in Suitland, at 6110 Allentown Road.
Social Security also has an office in Annapolis, at 180 Admiral Cochrane Dr. (Suite 210). You can also obtain information on their website. Social Security Administration
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This program is a partnership of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development with the Maryland Department of Aging.
Locally, the Calvert County Office on Aging and the Housing Authority of Calvert will be working with Calvert residents to enable them to make their homes more accessible through this project.
Improvements may include, but are not limited to, installation of grab bars and railings, widening of doorways, installation of ramps, accessible showers, and lever handles. Additions to accommodate first floor bathrooms and laundry rooms will be considered on a case by case basis.
The program provides 0 percent interest, deferred loans for a term of 30 years. Loans must be repaid upon sale, transfer, or refinance of the property. All closing costs will be included in the loan.
Seniors living with relatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Call the Calvert County Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
You may join a Medicare Part D Plan when you first become eligible for Medicare, during the period that starts three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months after the month you turn 65. If you get Medicare due to a disability, you can join three months before to three months after your 25th month of cash disability benefits.
You can join, switch, or drop a Medicare Drug Plan from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of each year, or at any time you qualify for extra help.
You may still apply for extra help to help pay for your monthly premium, deductibles, and co-pays for medication. Call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213, visit their website, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging for more information or to apply.
The Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program will help pay up to $25 a month toward the cost of the monthly prescription drug premium for persons with annual income under $30,630 for a one-person household and $41,070 for a two-person household. Call this program at 800-551-5995, visit their website, or contact the Calvert County Office on Aging for an application and more information.
Call your prescription drug company to determine what medications are covered to treat your medical needs. You may request an exception from your plan for your medication and you may also appeal their decision.
For more information about the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227, visit their website, review the Medicare and You handbook, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging Senior Health Insurance Program, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
There are several options for registration: Online: If you are an existing household with CCPR, online registration is available to you through WEBTRAC. Phone: Call the Main Office at 410-535-1600, 2225 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center at 410-414-8350 Mondays through Friday from 6:15 am to 8:45 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and register over the phone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit/debit card. Walk in: Walk in registration will be taken at the following locations during normal hours of operation; Mt. Hope Community Center, Northeast Community Center, Southern Community Center, the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center and the Parks and Recreation Main Office. Note: Registration for minors (under 18 years of age) requires adult authorization and input.
Yes, visitors to Calvert County recreation and nature parks can recycle their plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and cans by placing them in blue bins adjacent to trash cans at each site.
The Procurement Office advertises all solicitations on the State of Maryland’s bidding website, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), which is free to all vendors. Registration is not required but in order to automatically receive bid notifications by email, vendors must register with eMMA on their website.
Additionally, formal bids are also posted on https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd/, on the bulletin board; outside of the Procurement Office which is located on the first floor of the County Services Plaza at 150 Main Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland and advertised for two consecutive weeks in at least two local newspapers.
Once your company is registered on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage as a vendor, you automatically receive email notifications of available bids, based on commodity codes. Since all Maryland State and Local agencies utilize this service, it will broaden your opportunity to provide goods and services statewide.
Once registered as a vendor, with your specific commodity codes, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) will email you with the link to view more detailed information on that particular bid. You will then be able to download the detailed bid package.
It is preferred that vendors contact the Procurement Office to make an appointment. This allows staff to dedicate uninterrupted time to the vendor to make their presentation.
Offline bidding refers to mailing or hand delivery of sealed formal bids directly to the Procurement Office. This is the current Calvert County Government procedure, we do not accept on-line bids.
Online bidding is an electronic filing of a bid through the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage website. The online bidding format on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage is not conducive with Calvert County Government’s sealed formal bidding document requirements.