Category Archives: Columbia

Columbia Development Tracker 2020-02

The document is developed by Columbia Association. I used to update the community pretty often on this when I was on CA board. Tonight I took a look and found many new development changes. https://www.columbiaassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/vers-2-Development-Tracker-February-2020.pdf

There are several big developments:

  1. Dorsey Overlook development has 82 units. I thought it was originally designed for 55+ community. Now it did not mention that.
  2. Columbia Downtown development asks for extra 300 units.
  3. Erickson Senior Living rezones 62.116 acres from B-2 & RC-DEO to CEF-M.
  4. Robinson Overlook moderate incoming housing (48 units) keeps moving on.
  5. River Hill Square ( River Hill Garden Center) submitted a commercial variance request to reduce the setback from a residential district from 30 feet to 0 feet.

Columbia Association: Five-Year Strategic Planning Process

https://www.columbiaassociation.org/columbia-association-5-year-strategic-planning-process/

Planning for the future

Columbia Association, under the guidance of its Board of Directors, develops a strategic plan every five years that identifies goals and initiatives and sets the direction for CA for the next five years and beyond. The current strategic plan began in fiscal year 2014 and culminates with the close of fiscal year 2019 on April 30.

We began the strategic planning process for FY2020-24 in fall 2018, hiring a consultant to help guide CA through the process of creating a new plan. His comments on CA’s FY2014-19 strategic plan are available here. We are currently in the phase of the process where a draft mission statement, vision statement, and strategic goals have been developed and are being provided to the community for feedback.

Our community has already served as an important resource during earlier stages of this process. We gathered input from a wide range of perspectives, surveying thousands of residents as well as our employees. Additionally, we held focus groups with village chairs, advisory committees, and other local stakeholders and leaders. A summary of those responses is available here.

Timeline

  • CA’s Board of Directors met with CA’s senior leadership team for strategic planning sessions on March 9 and March 30, discussing the considerable input already collected from the community and drafting the mission, vision and strategic goals.
  • Further input will be welcomed during Resident Speakout at the CA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, April 25 and work session on Thursday, May 9. If you are unable to attend, we are also gathering input on our draft mission, vision and goals using the comment box below. Community members also may share their comments with their representative on CA’s Board of Directors.
  • It is anticipated that after further discussion by CA’s Board of Directors at the meeting and work session noted above, the board will vote on the strategic plan on Thursday, May 23.

We have crafted an initial version of the FY2020-24 strategic plan. An excerpt is below; to read the report with the overview, please click here.

 

CA board members can be reached at Board.Members@ColumbiaAssociation.org

2018 Transportation Overview of Columbia (The Villager 2018-08)

2018 Transportation Overview of Columbia

This article will be published on the August 2018 Issue of The Village of River Hill Village Association.

There has been a substantial effort to create a transportation network in Columbia to help our residents move around. In this Council Corner, I am outlining some efforts and policies which are shaping the implementation and discussion of our transportation status and outlook.

Stakeholders and Process

The County Executive (CE) takes charge of transportation implementation. Under CE’s leadership, with the help from the County Council, there are two county departments working on transportation matters: 1) Office of Transportation has the lead in planning, oversight, and bicycle, pedestrian, and transportation demand management; 2) Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Engineering handles capital projects and the Bureau of Highways focuses on traffic engineering and highway maintenance.

There are a variety advisory and advocacy groups which help formulate transportation policy and implementation: Bicycle Advisory Group, Transit & Pedestrian Advisory Group and Multimodal Transportation board, RTA Commission and Riders Advisory Council. Stakeholder groups include Bicycle Advocates of Howard County, Association of Community Services, Transportation Advocates of Howard County, as well as resident focused groups such as the village community associations.

PlanHoward 2030 (Council Bill 26-2012)

Transportation policy is guided by PlanHoward 2030. This document (Council Bill 26-2012) was passed in 2012 by the County Council as the general plan for Howard County for land use and land conservation and multiyear development planning for transportation, public facilities, water, sewerage, parkland, housing, human services and environmental protection; and generally relating to planning, zoning and land use. Specifically, the following three policies focus on transportation:

  1. POLICY 7.3 – Prioritize and pursue cost-effective, long-term capacity improvements to the road and highway network to support future growth in accordance with place type designations.
  2. POLICY 7.4 – Enhance the accessibility and quality of existing and future transit services.
  3. POLICY 7.6 – Reduce highway congestion, energy consumption, and greenhouse gases by increasing the number of residents using alternate modes of transportation

These policies provide the guidance for transportation decisions. The county government implements many projects with the help from the advisory groups. The state and federal government are also involved if the road is a state or federal road. I recommend everyone take some time to read PlanHoward 2030. This document will provide insight on why certain projects move forward separately from the changes made by developers.

Columbia Wide Effort

In Columbia, the focus is on four transportation modes: roads, transit, bicycle and pedestrian. There will be two main nodes: downtown Columbia and Gateway.

Howard County’s transportation planning unavoidably should think about the future: aging population, more population, self-parking cars, and autonomous and semi-autonomous cars. One recent exciting development is the concept of self-parking cars. They have already come to Columbia. A local company, STEER, is working with Merriweather District and Howard Hughes Corporation. A driver can exit a car at a destination and the car parks itself in a designated parking lot.

The county has a bus rapid transit plan to connect Route 29 in Howard County (six stops) from Route 40, to Montgomery County (2 stations). Route 29 has seen more traffic over the years and many of our county residents use it for daily commutes. The County government hopes the implementation of bus rapid transit will mitigate the traffic congestion problems on Route 29. In my own opinion a dedicated direct lane on Route 29 during rush hour will help mitigate the traffic problems too.

BikeHoward outlines the County’s vision to become a bicycle-friendly place where residents and visitors can bike as a means of daily transportation and healthy recreation. Right now, there is a 3-year implementation plan and the County is investing $8 million over 3 years and will provide a 48-mile connected network. This investment includes 14 miles of bike lanes, 20 miles of shared use pathway, and 14 miles of shared roadway improvements. There is a bike rental program called Howard County Bikeshare. You can join the program and rent bikes at several designated locations using a smart phone app.

There has been strong commitment from the county government and Columbia Association to provide a connected pedestrian network that safely and conveniently accommodates people of all ages and abilities. Recently Columbia Association established a trail steward program on our pathways in high-traffic areas. The stewards will educate and engage with pedestrians and encourage more people to use our pathways. With more people using the pathways, we hope to create a positive experience so that more people feel safer to use our pathways.

I believe these transportation improvements will create a better quality of life for the county’s residents.

Chao Wu, Ph.D.

River Hill Representative to Columbia Council and Columbia Association Board of Directors

Email: superbwu@gmail.com Website: http://www.chaowu.org

Disclaimer: This letter only represents Dr. Chao Wu’s personal opinion. It does not represent River Hill Board of Directors nor Columbia Association’s Board.

The above photo is the Bike Share Program in front of the County Government.

Follow the law, simple and straightforward

I got the permission to post this letter from Stu Kohn, President of Howard County Citizen Association. As humble as an ordinary citizen, we just simply ask our County Council Members, who are making law for everyone in this county, to follow the law first.

Many people may remember the farce that the County Council passed APFO last winter and then they found out the legal time span to vote on the bill expired. How awkward and wrong!!! http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-votes-invalid-update-1116-story.html

They are not new council members. Four of five council members have been on the seats continuously for almost 12 years.  By the way, if our ordinary citizens do not pay attention, this probably continue to happen. On the hand side, if we go back to the last 12 years and examine those bills/resolutions passed before, we may find more violations.

I am not talking about the Erickson Senior Living project at all. Our River Hill Village Association Board had many discussions and sent our opinion to the DPZ already.

I am simply asking our elected County Council Members to follow the law.


Date:  16 July 2016

Subject:  CB59-2018 Erickson Proposal – Expansion of the PSA

Dear Council Members – My name is Stu Kohn and I am the President of the Howard County Citizens Association, HCCA testifying on their behalf.  This proposed Bill is not about any marketing on Erickson’s part or any campaign donations.  It is about the expansion of the Planned Service Area, PSA and only this.  Unfortunately the Planning Board did not adhere to this mandate announced by Val Lazdins, Director of DPZ when it was heard in April.  You will hear from other Associations that we are very infuriated we are even here to discuss CB59.  We should not be here.  This is because the Howard County – Code of Ordinances under TITLE 16 – PLANNING, ZONING AND SUBDIVISIONS AND LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, SECTION16.211 – COUNCIL MANIC ELECTION YEARS clearly states the following:

“In any year in which members of the County Council are elected, the incumbent Councilmembers, shall not take final action on any zoning application after the date of the primary election as set by law and until the newly elected County Councilmembers have qualified and taken office. The enactment of this section shall not in any way prevent the Zoning Board or the County Council from acting on zoning matters which are considered, in the discretion of the Council or the Board, to be emergency matters that could be injurious to the County or any of its citizens.”

There is absolutely no interpretation required as the aforementioned states you are not permitted to discuss any zoning changes during the specified period of time.  This is by all means a “Zoning Matter.”  Just refer to the contents of this Bill on page 1, lines 27-30.  It states, “WHEREAS, the proposed expansion of the Planned Service Area is a part of a specific zoning proposal to rezone the Property from RC-DEO to CEF-M for the stated purpose of providing a continuing care retirement community (“CCRC”) to consist of independent living units; assisted living; and skilled nursing care.” This clearly is a zoning change request!

 In fact you clearly state exactly this in the proposed CB56 which you all support on page 3, Lines 2 thru 4.  It states, “Because the County Council is prohibited from taking any Zoning action until January 2019, it is imperative that the County have sufficient time to consider and act on any recommendations concerning zoning changes in the Tiber Branch Watershed.” Furthermore you declared CB56 via a Resolution an Emergency situation.  So in order for CB59 an Emergency must be declared by this body via a Resolution before you even think about public testimony.  In addition, the sad thing is that CB59 and for that matter CR119 was not Pre-filed or Late-filed when you conducted your Legislative Hearing on 2 July.  Why not?  How was the public to be properly informed?  On the County Website regarding Pre-filed it states, “Legislation that will be introduced at the next legislative session is pre-filed 11 calendar days before that legislative session. During these 11 days, you will be able to view pre-filed legislation on this page.”  Where is the transparency? 

In conclusion you as Councilmembers have no choice but to tell the applicant that the Expansion of the PSA cannot be discussed by us because we would be wasting everyone’s time as we are not permitted to take final action because of an election year as stipulated in Title 16, Section 16.211.  If the applicate wants to pursue then it is incumbent for you to tell them their proposal will have to wait until at least January 2019.  We simply ask you to fulfill your duty as our representatives. 

Thank You,

 Stu Kohn

HCCA, President

 

Newly Proposed Affordable Housing of Robinson Overlook at River Hill

Newly Proposed Affordable Housing of Robinson Overlook at River Hill

This was presented to River Hill Village board on July 9th, 2018.

Tonight, the Wode Cooper Development, with the Howard County Housing Commission, is proposing 48 housing units at 7410 Grace Drive, Columbia, MD, 21044. The location is at the corner of Cedar Lane and Grace Drive, between Grace building and Robinson Nature Center. Note this is different from the Simpson Oaks’ development plan along Grace Drive uphill.

Woda Cooper Development (CJ Tyree), formed in 1990, have over 300 projects in 15 states. They build, own and manage properties. This project costs around 20 million dollars.

Howard County Housing Commission (Peter Engel) facilitated the development of around 800 affordable units in the county. This is their new project, partnering with Woda Copper.

Back-to-Back stacked units

48-unit rental townhouse/apartment

  1. 8: 1-bedroom (718sf)
  2. 19: 2-bedroom (962 sf)
  3. 21: 3-bedroom(1398 sf)
  4. Amenities include community room, computer lab, and tot lot.

Financing through low-income (62,000 a year income) housing tax credit, administered by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

JC believe this stacked type of housing more appealing than apartment.

Mixed Income Structure

  1. 30% AMI targeted units = 9 . , annual salary of 20K for 1 bedroom
  2. 40% AMI targeted units = 6
  3. 50% AMI targeted units = 6
  4. 60% . AMI targeted units = 22
  5. Unrestricted income units = 5

Timeline

  1. May 2018, submitted tax credit application
  2. August 2018, begin county entitlement process
  3. September 2018, receive tax credits
  4. July 2019, Receive building permits, begin construction
  5. August 2020, Complete construction
  6. December 2020, Complete leasing

Columbia Association FY 18 Annual Report( The Village 2018-07)

Columbia Association’s FY 18 Annual Report

By Chao Wu
This is a simple version of the annual report. You can find CA’s official annual report at https://www.columbiaassociation.org/about-us/policies-statements/financial-reports/columbia-association-annual-report/ shortly.
This article will be published on The Village, July 2018 issue.

During fiscal year 2018 (May 2017 to April 2018), Columbia Association (CA) accomplished many of the goals that were set by the board in 2017. This article recaps the report written by CA board chair Andy Stack.

Inside Columbia Association

I always want to make sure CA has a well-balanced budget, maintaining the fiscal health of the organization while making the necessary expenditures. During fiscal year 2018, the CA board approved the annual charge rate without any increase and maintained limited borrowing. The board has built a long-term plan by allocating $20 million yearly in capital funds for several years to help deal with overdue and necessary repairs and improvements required for CA’s facilities.

We are continuing to maintain and improve our facilities and environment. In FY18, there was a large amount of funding allocated to the Swim Center, Ice Rink, and Athletic Club. We continue to clean our lakes and ponds, reduce stream erosion with watershed improvement projects, and improve pathways and bridges.

CA opened a new indoor tennis facility in Long Reach and converted the old Tennis Bubble in Owen Brown for outdoor tennis and pickle-ball. A major renovation at the Athletic Club is currently underway.

The board and CA staff actively reviewed and discussed options for assuming responsibility for handling commercial covenants in Columbia . We reviewed and discussed potential enhancements to the Lakefront Plaza. The Board wants to ensure that our master plan takes into account Howard Hughes’ proposal for the redevelopment of the Lakefront Core area.

Within Howard County

The board worked with the developer and with Howard County on the redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center. CA presented testimony before the Planning Board and the Zoning Board in support of this crucial effort to enhance a village center.

CA participated in Howard County’s Phase 1 land use/development regulations review process. Phase 1 set the stage for Phase 2 which will focus on rewriting the actual land use regulations. This will have a major impact on the future redevelopment of Columbia. We want to make sure Columbia continues to be a planned community.

The board followed developments regarding the new Cultural Center in Downtown Columbia, the Crescent area in Downtown Columbia, the Hickory Ridge Village Center, the Lakefront Core area, and other proposed developments in and around Columbia.

Bigger Community

The board established a new Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. The committee recruited environmental experts across the county and just held its first meeting. With their help, we want to make sure Columbia continues to be conscious about reducing energy waste and improving the environment.

CA helped to celebrate Columbia’s 50th birthday with great success. More than 85 great events were held and many community members were highly engaged. I attended many events with my family and I am glad Columbia continues to be a diverse and vibrant community.

We established a new sister city, Liyang, China for Columbia after three-year’s planning work. I believe connecting people and building friendship will provide a better vision and network for Columbia and Howard County residents.

I am looking forward to your feedback and please enjoy your summer.

Chao Wu, PhD

River Hill Representative to Columbia Council and Columbia Association Board of Directors

Email: superbwu@gmail.com Website: http://www.chaowu.org

Disclaimer: This letter only represents Dr. Chao Wu’s personal opinion. It does not represent River Hill Board of Directors nor Columbia Association’s Board.

Connecting people and building friendship

Connecting people and building friendship. That is the exact reason why I have been working with CA’s program manager Laura Smit and our residents Hui Dong, Jun Han to explore a sister city relationship between Columbia and Liyang of China since Oct. 2015.

The Liyang Sister City Committee of Columbia Association took its official name on Tuesday 6/12/2018. We are promoting culture exchange, high school students exchange, tourism and many more between Columbia, Howard County and Liyang, China.

Congratulations to all China Sister City Planning Committee members. Thanks a lot for your great and continuous work. It is tremendous work.

Congratulations to all delegates who made the trip to Liyang last year, including CA board members Alan Klein and Dick Boulton, Delegate Eric Ebersole , former long time Delegate Liz Bobo and Howard Council member Lloyd Knowles, Marcy Gitt ( Liyang Sister City Committee Vice Chair), Barbara Kellner ( former Columbia Archive Director), Laura Smit and many more. Unfortunately our great reporter Len Lazarick did not get the visa.  It was a successful trip.

I am looking forward to many opportunities for these two great cities to work together.

Connecting people and building friendship. Liyang China

Summary of CA board meeting 2018-05-10

This meeting is the first meeting for FY 2018-2019.

Resident Speakout:

Brian England: talked about New Town zoning, “Guiding Principles for the 21st Century Planned Community of Columbia, Maryland”, Patuxent Self Storage development, commercial covenant enforcement, Royal Farms gas station problem (more monopoly, not compatible with county plan), parkway versus boulevard (DPZ term). DPZ should come up with a new CSP ( comprehensive sketch plan), they just ignore it. The CSP is an overview of what is allowed and CSP is missing unfortunately.

Jervis Dorton: commercial covenant enforcement problem, asking CA to stand up and enforce covenant, especially in industrial parks. One example, new gas station setback is 10 yards, in the past, the setback is 40-50 yards.

Board Agenda

  1. There is no change of board members this year from all 10 villages.
  2. Board Chair Election: Andy Stack is the chair and Dick Boulton is the vice chair.
  3. Board member sitting in the Audit Committee, Risk Management Committees and several advisory committees.
  4. Representative of Columbia Association to Inner Arbor Trust: Lin Eagan and Janet Evans.
  5. Discussion on the Royal Farms Gas Station Development. The Columbia Association Board voted to ask CA staff to develop a strategy to oppose the current Royal Farms Sketch Development Plan again.
  6. Discussion on how to release closed meeting minutes in a timely manner. I added a clause to release closed meeting minutes. I believe any info which can be open should stay open in CA.

Against Industrial Mulching in residential areas in HoCo

I expressed my opposition to the industrial mulching at residential area in HoCo and also shared my expectation on school construction (high school 13 at Mission Road, another high school 14 at Elkridge, elementary school at Turf Valley) Thursday night at the Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman’s Town Hall meeting, organized by Howard County Citizen Association,

I have been watching this debate for a while. The height came in the same night when I testified in front of county council for tighter APFO last year. The mulching bill was before APFO. It was a lengthy debate for the mulching bill such that I testified on APFO around 11:30PM.

I have been seeing the debate of the future of Howard County. I read the Plan Howard 2030 and discussed it with others. I talked to many concerned residents how our future will look like. Certainly I don’t like industrial development in residential areas. We have our zoning law which governs the exact problem.

Columbia Association board will also actively participate in the DPZ’s process of formulating a new zoning regulation in the following years. The New Town zoning which governs Columbia provides a good way to plan our development and guarantee a better quality of life and economical development .

The HoCo APFO website is a place for great resources https://hocoapfo.blogspot.com/.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day Proclamation

It is kind of shame we could not stop the continuous mass shooting around the country. More than ever, every parent now has a fear of their children’s safety at school.

CA board approved the following proclamation during last week’s board session on 4/26/2018. Please join their effort ( Moms Demand Action of Howard County) to advocate gun violence awareness. There was a Baltimore Sun report on them (Ruth Hughes, leader of the Howard County section of Moms Demand Action, said in the meantime children are being “literally caught in the crosshairs.”):

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-gun-violence-prevention-20170611-story.html

CA national gun violence awareness day

#HoCoPolitics

Official Liyang-Columbia Sister City

The Columbia Association Board unanimously approved the fifth and latest Sister City Liyang, China during 4/26/2018 board meeting. This begins a new era for Columbia to connect with a fraction of the most populous country in the world.  Liyang is a city with rich culture, education, tourist and economical development (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liyang or http://www.jiangsu.net/city/city.php?name=liyang) .

We are connecting people and nurturing friendship. Sharing two videos here:

1: Liyang, China. This video was shown at CA board meeting working session 4/12/2018.

2: Liyang, China: Nanshan Bamboo Sea

 

The following banner was shown during Columbia Sister City Festival in the Columbia Mall last weekend.

Liyang China

 

 

Presentation related to Patuxent Trail and Patuxent Self Storage

Recently many people are aware of the Patuxent Self Storage which will negatively impact the Patuxent Trail along Guilford Road ( or old Guilford Road). More than 2500 people petitioned on this issue online.

According to the DPZ director, basically there is no much CA and the DPZ can do. It is M1 zoning. They don’t request land easement with CA. Now, the county government proposed a multi-modal trail in that section to reduce potential safety concern.

I was thinking maybe if our stakeholders approached the issue and the developer earlier, it may lead to a different outcome. Then another problem is that when many residents know this development, it is already in a later stage for development. As a CA board member, I even did not know much about this since the developer did not engage with CA on this project.

The county should build a more proactive system to inform our residents about the developments near the home and their community. I believe many residents just want to make sure new developments can integrate into the community. For example, having the entrance for the Patuxent Self Storage facility designed on the Guilford road, not on the Patuxent Trail.

We love our long, beautiful trail system in Columbia and Howard County.

Here I am sharing two documents for you to read. They were presented to CA board on 4/26/2016.

Guilford 3 29 18

Patuxent Trail at Guilford Rd DDM (1)

 

CA board meeting summary of 2018-4-26

Resident SpeakOut:

Ingrid Pyne : Oakland Mill Village, worked for(former employee) the Spa at the Haven on the Lake,  talked about the legal dispute between CA and the Still Point Spa.

Jeff Dumber: talked Patuxent trail, the newly proposed Guilford Self Storage place will negatively impact that.

Richard Brigs,  talked about the Patuxent Trail, negatively impacted by the proposed Guilford Self Storage.

Harry Dunbar, democratic county executive candidate, asked to keep neighborhood centers.  The Rouse vision and spirit should be kept.

Keith Heilvel: support beer on Fairway Hill Golf court

Ken Walsh:  talked about the debate whether beer cart should be allowed on Fairway Hill Golf Court

Chris Alleva: Guilford Self Storage was zoned on M1(was zoned in 1948). NT zone is allowed for better control.  Commercial covenant enforcement issue.  Zoning capability sometimes is handled as administrative power which is not right. Zoning power should be handled legislatively by the county council.

Jerry Hukman, talked about Patuxent trail problem.

Ruth Hughes, Moms Demand Action of Howard County( each county has one moms club in Maryland), advocating reducing gun violence.

Ginger Scott, against selling beer on the cart.  She mentioned an old and outdated law from the liquor board (1996-1-17).

Joel Hurwitz, talked about Guilford road development issue,  sign issue,

Lewis Shipp: 79 houses around Fairway Hill Golf Court, 2/3 of people bought the house when the golf court would be built.

Jen Hayashi:  support selling beer at Golf Court

Bill Harrls, Vice chair of green committee of Columbia Association, support selling beer

Whitney Schreiber. talked about her concerns with neighborhood center closing.

Nicole Huber, talked about her experience about community center. Community center is as important as supreme court to serve different residents.

Peter Barners, talked about Patuxent trail. 2500 people signed a petition to change the Guilford Self Storage entrance to the Guilford Road side.

Christiana Rigby, on Kings Contrivance board, CA should work with the village together on the discussion of Guilford Self Storage.

Kelly Zwada, Wilde Lake, talked about valuable contribution from the community center.

Bob Sumers, enjoy living close to the golf court.

Agenda:

Board Chair remarks: CA got an energy start award. Athletic Club will be closed on April 29th.

Board Vote:

  1. The Board approved Liyang as Columbia’s fifth sister city unanimously ( Gregg is absent)
  2. The Board approved selling beer on the cart at Fairway Hill Golf Court unanimously ( Gregg is absent).

Board Discussion:

  1. Patuxent Trail at Guilford Road: There is not land easement request from the developer with Guilford Self Storage.
    1. From DPZ director Valdis Lazdins: It is outside parcel. It is not New Town Zoning such that basically the developer can do anything they want. CA has no leverage on them. County government has few leverage on that either. The old Guilford road was used by previous owner to access his property. The county government proposes multi-modal trail along that section of trail (estimated cost 200k. From David Lee, the County has some left-over money available for this proposed multi-modal trail already).
    2. Jen Teressa, council woman, talked about her ideas how to change some laws.
  2. National Gun Violence Awareness Day Proclamation.  The board voted to waive the 3-reading requirement for this motion and proceeded to approve this proclamation.

 

 

 

Summary of CA board work session of 2018-4-12

Resident SpeakOut:

Ruth H. , of Mom Demanding Action against Gun Violence, asked CA to sign proclamation . She talked about Long reach high school reported a bullet in the school this morning, a gun shot in the Columbia Mall.

Lewis Shipp, supporting CA selling alcoholic drinks from cart on the Fairway Hills golf course.

Kith Heilval., chair of Golf and Green Committee, supporting selling beer.

Steve Ronning,  supporting selling beer, with a discount to senior citizens.

Jen Hapashi, whetstone road resident, supporting selling beer.

Bill Harris, five time championship of Fairway Hills Golf course, vice chair of Golf and Green Committee, supporting selling beer.

Shawn Paterniti, support selling beer.

Ginger Scott, against selling beer because of boorish people or behavior.

Chet Fisher, member of Alcoholic Anonymous, talked about possible closing of Longfellow community center.  His organization keeps people sober.

Jonathan Edelson, Oakland Mill Village Chair, talked about closing of neighborhood centers.

Judy Pittmay, of Village In Howard,

Jim Smith, talked about neighborhood centers closing. He is a scout leader.

Bob Foutaine, chair of Harpers’ Choice Village Board, talked about neighborhood center closing.

Jessica Harvey, own a summer camp, great location for a summer camp.

Rebecca Palmquist, president of Wilde Lake Children’s Nursery Co-op. It charges $212 per month for 4-year old. Six co-ops are still running in Columbia.

Amy Gallargher, talked about their service to the community, against closing the community center.

Ed Coleman, Village of Long Reach board member, daycare centers providing a valuable service to the community. Proposing modernizing those centers, increasing energy efficiency, make it cheaper to rent.

Joel Hurwitz, Harper’s Choice village sign issue,  community center closing issue, village management contract issue,

Rebecca Bealli, talked about community center closing.

Kimberly Akers, representing Oakland Mill Nursery co-op, talking about their service to the community.

Leah Kennedy, talking about community center closing. The community needs more affordable place for meeting, daycare, etc.

Jo Mapak, 26 years in the co-op. We need have a place for the family connected.  These community centers are key to this idea, because it is affordable.

Agenda:

China-Sister City Presentation

from Columbia China Sister City Planning Committee

“Promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation-one individual, one community at a time.”

Athletic Club Renovation 2018

The staff talked about the six-month transition for this Athletic Club Renovation. 74 out of 81 classes will be maintained.  You can check with group.fitness@columbiaassociation.org for assistance.

Fairway Hills Golf Cart, serving beer or not

There were boorish behavior or boorish people in the golf course, which caused neighbors unease.

Village/Community Center Discussion

There are 14 village/community centers in total in CA.  Many of them are operating under a financial loss. Need more information to make a decision on these centers.

 

 

 

HCCA Presents: Columbia at 50 – A Bridge to the Future

HCCA Presents: Columbia at 50 – A Bridge to the Future

I love what Representative Elijah Cummings said in his speech: “We are one”. We should embrace each other and move forward together. How to achieve it will be a difficult task and everyone should think of it. Different opinions will help us to find a common ground using common sense.

Columbia Association will still play an important role towards the future. It is important to have a great relationship between County Government, County Council, Columbia Association and the communities. A well planned development with a vision for the future is essential to keep Columbia as Columbia. Columbia will be a vibrant and important part of Howard County.

Chrysalis International Movie Nights

The Inner Arbor Trust with the Chrysalis Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods to partner with Asian Pacific American Film – APA Film to co-host, and to partner with IONHoCo, KSM 메릴랜드한인회 – Korean Society of MD, and Howard County Chinese Cultural Center (H4C), our community hosting sponsors.

The films are as follows:

3 Idiots (Hindi) on 9/29 (gates 6:30, show 7:30),

Miss Granny (Korean) on 9/30 (gates 6:00, show 7:00),

When Ruoma Was Seventeen (Chinese) on 10/1 (gates 6:00, show 7:00).

Free and open to the public.

There are still Sponsorship and vending opportunities available!!

Please get FREE tickets to be assigned parking here –

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heritage-film-festival-tickets-37973606078