Columbia Development Tracker 2017-08

This is created by Columbia Association staff  and I am putting a short summary here.

Upcoming developments

  1. The Mall in Columbia is seeking facade alterations. Village: Downtown Columbia
  2. Retrofit of Mimi’s Cafe building in Gateway Overlook Shopping Center, Village: Long Reach
  3. Howard Hughes Corporation proposing a long-term temporary parking lot with 181 surface parking east of Broken Land Parkway and south of Divided Sky Lane. Village: Downtown Columbia
  4. Conditional use request for religious activities at Locust United Methodist Church located north of Martin Road and east of Freetown Road. Village: Hickory Ridge
  5. Dar Al Taqwa located north of Route 108 across from Cedar Lane Park, expanding their facility and parking area. Village: Harper’s Choice
  6. Howard Research and Development Corporation asked for one additional residential unit at the Poplar Glen apartment. Village: Hickory Ridge
  7. HRDC asked amend 19 additional residential units to the Godfather’s Garden Center site south of Route 108 and west of Phelps Luck Drive. Village: Long Reach
  8. A home located at the end of Encounter Row is seeking approval to add two new decks. Village: Oakland Mill.

There are more development beyond these. The full list is attached for your reference.


I do find Howard Hughes Corporation and Howard Research and Development Corporation in some developments. Interesting.

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Inner Arbor Trust and CA board meeting on August 7th

It will happen Monday night(August 7th) at the CA board room. It probably will start at 7:30PM.

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Citizen Feedback on School Redistricting

Please see how AAC and HCPSS is responding to your feedback if you sent them something. So this may change the original proposed plan in the feasibility study

The original file is

Since it has 16 pages, I am not posting the result here.

Here is your polygon search link:

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2017 HCPSS Redistricting Survey Result

The survey result is out. The original file is I am a little surprised there were so few people took the survey.

2017 aac survey feedback

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Constitution is not free

Bought my first copy at Chicago Airport and I really enjoyed reading it.

Note the consumer tax rate there is more than 10%.

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CA School Service Care is hiring

CA School Service Care is hiring. Columbia Association offers the following Before and After School Care Programs: 1.) A.M. Program, 2.) P.M. Program and 3.) School’s Closed Programs.

  • AM Program: For elementary school students only. From 7am until the school day begins. Students attend the Before School Care program at their school.
  • PM Program: For elementary and middle school students. From after school until 6pm. Elementary school students attend the After School Care program at their school. Middle school students attend after school care programs at Lake Elkhorn, Dunloggin or Hammond. Transportation is provided from Wilde Lake Middle School, Oakland Mills Middle School, Harper’s Choice Middle School and Burleigh Manor Middle School.

There is a link here:

Please contact Michelle Miller if you are interested in the job.
Michelle Miller
Director, Community Services
6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046

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CA board meeting summary 2017-07-27

Resident speakout:

Allen Veinstain, Long Reach, two concerns: 1) Lakefront smoking problem, open space management does not have a law governing smoking from benches, 2) Columbia Gym renovation, concerning mold developed there. Mold can cause serve asthma.

Tim Lattimer, Long Reach, talked about Paris Agreement and urged CA to sign that too.

Pat Mercy, Oakland Mill, urged to sign the Paris Agreement with CA’s shared responsibility.

Alisha Nifeld, Oakland Mill, urged to sign the Paris Agreement. She wears a T-shirt with Indivisible HoCoMD sign.

Janet Ruth, Oakland Mill, urged to sign the Paris Agreement too.

Ginger Scott, Wilde Lake, has reservation on CA’s possible allowance to provide alcoholic beverage at Fair Hill Golf Court(2 beers is fine, 4 beers are too much), also supported to sign Paris Agreement. BTW, somebody urinated at the back of neighborhood and golf court.

Larry Leadsman, environmental attorney, urged to sign the Paris Agreement.

Michael Cornell, River Hill, former CA board member, urged to sign the Paris Agreement. Individual actions alone are not enough to combat this climate change. We need government agencies to lead this.

Joel Hurewitz,  Harper’s Choice, urged to support Paris Agreement.

Board Action:

  1. Annual charge rate is kept the same
  2. Proposed FY 2019 and Conditional FY 2020 capital budget parameters
  3. Board approved proposed charges for FY 2018 Advisory Committees

Board Discussion:

a) new town zoning. Jane Dembner of CA and Valdis Lazdins, Planning Director gave us a lot background.

b) plan for young adults. Milton created a draft plan to increase young adults’ participation in CA activities.

Board Action:

4) board approved some land easement and try to get State Highway Agency fund to help stream restoration program.

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