Clarksville Continuing Care Retirement Community Proposal Announced
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Erickson Living will be hosting a community discussion regarding its proposal to locate a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Clarksville. The meeting will be hosted at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The proposed CCRC community is intended to be located on the west side of Route 108 (Clarksville Pike) near Route 32, between the Freestate Gas and Sheppard Lane and will contain approximately 60 acres of land on two parcels (Tax Map 34, PAR 185 and a portion of Tax Map 28, PAR 100). Across the River Hill Garden Center, besides Free State Gas Station.
Representatives of Erickson Living will be sharing information such as:
For more information, Erickson has shared the following website: www.ericksonatlimestone.com
By the way, I have been hearing praises for Erickson from many people and would love to see their detailed plan.
River Hill Community Association
We are Neighbors and Friends
The article is published at River Hill Villager, 2017-06 issue.
There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “neighbors nearby are better than relatives faraway”. That is so true in today’s world since more family members are scattered around the globe. Instead, many families have been neighbors for more years than they have live with or near parents and other relatives. At a difficult time, or for convenience, a friendly neighbor can often offer greater help than a relative not in the area.
I am writing this article following two of my experiences in the neighborhood. The first experience is an example of a not so friendly situation. A family sought my help because their neighbor always parked their car along the curb in front of their home. River Hill’s Covenants do not address areas within the public rights-of-way and the location and manner in which the vehicle parks is not illegal and therefore there is no action the police can take However, the parking of the car did cause difficulty for the family when backing out from their garage and there appears to be enough space in their neighbor’s driveway to park which adds to their frustration. Though the family talked with their neighbor, they were unable to resolve the issue and asked for my assistance. I tried to mediate and have not succeeded yet. In another example, some neighbors are very friendly and considerate. I know of two neighbors who both have dogs. They set up regular play-dates for their pets. When one neighbor has a vacation, the other neighbor takes care of their dogs and cats, and vice versa. This level of cooperation is a tremendous help to each resident and to their pets.
We are now living in a more compact world and in Howard County, Columbia, and at in the villages we are dedicated to creating a more walkable environment which will lead to more interactions with each other. The most important element of a good neighborhood is our neighbors and our connections to one another.
This concept can also be extended to land development. Adding a wall to reduce sound disturbance or a fence to avoid light pollution are soft and friendly measures developers can take to give consideration to residential neighbors. Improving traffic conditions around commercial development as early as in the design phase as possible will increase acceptance from the neighborhood as well. Surely, some residents do not want any changes in their neighborhoods and the surrounding area; but, most our residents are reasonable and ask no more than necessary to protect their peaceful existence. Their concerns should be respected and honored.
We are neighbors and have the potential to be friends. If we cannot be friends, at least, we can be considerate of our neighbors. A greeting, a smile, or offering to help with kids or pets are ways we can assist each other. Let us embrace our neighbors.
Chao Wu, Ph.D.
River Hill Representative to Columbia Council and Columbia Association Board of Directors
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.
River Hill Community Association is currently seeking high school students interested in serving on the association’s Student Member of the Board of Directors and the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Both committees provide opportunities for teens to learn more about our community, interact with a variety of residents, develop leadership skills, and build on individual interests and strengths while having fun.
The committee is crucial to the success of many of the association-sponsored events including Halloween, Breakfast with Santa, and Independence Day Parade. This year, the TAC organized the very popular Claret Hall Cook-Off.
Applications for youth interested in serving for the
September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018 term are available at Claret Hall and also on the association’s website at
The Village Board will appoint members of both committees following an application and interview process.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017.
The following is what CA board chair Andy Stack shared with the board members and CA staff. With his consent, I am sharing it here for your reference too. I would like to thank Andy for his great leadership. I also thank Michael Cornell for his great leadership in River Hill Village board in the past several years and he left the board this year.
CA Board Review of 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
Since we have only a few days left in our fiscal year, I thought I would give the Board a final update on the Board tasks for FY-2017. I want to thank you for the work you have done throughout the year. It was a productive year.
1. Elect CA Board Chair and Vice-chair MAY —– COMPLETED
2. Elect Inner Arbor Representatives MAY —– COMPLETED
3. Appoint CA Board members to Audit and Risk Management Committee MAY —– COMPLETED
4. Determine schedule for service on Board Operations Committee MAY —– COMPLETED
5. Approve appointments to Village Architectural Committees MAY/JUNE —– COMPLETED
6. Approve CA President/CEO’s FY-2017 goals/objectives JUNE/JULY —– COMPLETED (BOC approved goals on August 29th)
7. Approve IRS form 990 SEPTEMBER —– COMPLETED
8. Review FY-2016 Audit and FY-2017 financial reports JULY, SEPTEMBER, DECEMBER, MARCH —– COMPLETED (The FY-2016 Audit and the First Quarter and Second Quarter reports and Third Quarter reports were reviewed by the Audit Committee and Board); the Board approved the FY-2018 budget in February
9. CA President/CEO’s Mid-term Evaluation NOVEMBER —- COMPLETED
10. Approve FY-2018 budget JANUARY/FEBRUARY —- COMPLETED
11. CA President/CEO’s yearly evaluation & bonus decision APRIL ——–COMPLETED (The Board reviewed the results of the evaluation and discussed the evaluation with the CA President/CEO at the end of April)
12. Implement new membership/pricing structure —– approved new membership structure & pricing which is currently being implemented by CA staff; Implementation is goes into effect on 1 May 2017; CA staff has provided a timeline of the communications planned to roll out the new membership/pricing structure; staff is being trained to handle the new membership structure; CA Board approved new pricing as part of the FY-2018 budget approval; communications have gone out to our members, the villages, and the general public; web site has been updated; now the Board will monitor the impact of the changes when it reviews the dashboard. —- COMPLETED
13. Pond Study JULY/SEPTEMBER —– study was presented in September; Board discussion and vote scheduled for January; CA staff presented a priority list of ponds to be addressed and strategy for addressing the ponds; Board discussion occurred in January and Board concurred with strategy; Board decided no formal vote was required —- COMPLETED
14. Five-year rolling Capital Budget (Facilities maintenance) JUNE/JULY —— Board received briefing in June, will continue as part of the budget process; Board approved the FY-2018 capital budget which was based upon the facilities assessments —- COMPLETED
15. Enhance CA’s influence in planning and development of Columbia —– Board approved position on affordable housing; continue to monitor redevelopment of Long Reach and Hickory Ridge Village Centers as well as the ongoing study of the Oakland Mills Village Center; RFP for Long Reach is available; Kimco presented plans for Hickory Ridge to the DAP in December; Oakland Mills study results presented in November; CA staff researching issue of commercial covenants; work on this topic will continue throughout the year; sent letter to Howard County state delegation regarding Merriweather Post Pavilion noise issue; new Welcome Center project has been canceled; County released RFP for Long Reach Village Center; Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty gave CA Board an overview of the Downtown Columbia Affordable Housing and TIF legislation; Kimco discussed the village centers they own with the Board in March; final Oakland Mills Village Center study were presented to the community in March; CA Staff continues to follow the proposal to create an Innovation District in Gateway; Kimco plans for redevelopment of Hickory Ridge Village Center were approved by County’s Design Advisory Committee; in March DPZ presented an overview to the Board of the process to revise the County’s development guidelines; County announced that a developer has been chosen for the Long Reach Village Center; CA staff continues to work with Howard Hughes Corporation on the issue of commercial covenants; Chrysalis (new amphitheater in Symphony Woods) was dedicated and opened to the public; CA staff continues to follow the development in the Crescent area and the new proposed cultural center in Columbia; on a monthly basis, CA staff continues to update the Board concerning developments affecting Columbia —— Task will continue into the next fiscal year
a. Affordable housing in Downtown Columbia
b. Redevelopment of Long Reach Village Center
c. Redevelopment of Hickory Ridge Village Center
d. Commercial covenants
e. New Town Zoning
f. New Welcome Center
16. Develop an implementation plan to attract and retain young adults (CA facilities) ——- Task will be held over to the next fiscal year
17. Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration MARCH/APRIL —– In November, Board received status report; kickoff occurred in March; many activities planned for the next several months ——- Task will be held over to the next fiscal year as the Birthday celebration continues into September 2017
With your help, we accomplished a lot this year. Please inform your villages of all our accomplishments. People need to be aware of the good work the CA Board has done. Thanks.
The quorum was met. Here are the final results:
Absentee Votes: 4
In Person: 100
Total Votes: 104
River Hill Village Board (May 1, 2017-April 30, 2019):
Absentee Votes: 0
In Person: 80
Total Votes: 80
I am running for a second term as River Hill’s representative to Columbia Association. Please come and vote for me.
Time: Saturday 9:00-3:00, April 29, 2017
Location: Claret Hall of River Hill Village Center
What you need: Bring your driver license for ID purpose.
Attached please find my statement. Thanks for your support.