Important Open Space in Heart of County’s Most Developed Area is Valuable

Elk Landing Contains two parcels of about 62 acres in the heart of the county's most developed area.

The application the Mayor and Commissioners submitted to justify obtaining funding for this Public Open Space (POS) acquisition said the protection of this tract was imporant for a number of reasons: (1) It protected sensitive critical areas of tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and this was consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan; (2) It provided needed open space in a rapidly growing community; (3) and It protected important historical resources

These are the justifications the town used to obtain state money and and Someone Noticed agrees with them.  This value proposition for the public did not change simplyi because a developer came along with an idea of putting a commercial property on the site, and the town wanted to obtain money for other public projects. 

 

In a developed area, it is hard to find large undeveloped tracts that can be preserved for the public good. But the town proposes selling part of this tract and replacing it wiht a property listed as a Brownfield.

The late colonial era house is protected by acres and acres of property. If the town sells a part of it, a large retail department store will be in the proximity of this old structure

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2 responses to “Important Open Space in Heart of County’s Most Developed Area is Valuable

  1. Exactly the point I was trying to make. The RMR property is nowhere equal to the Elk Landing tract in either ecological importance or culurral significance. As far as public use goes the ELk Landig tract has been and is used by the publis for recreational purposes as intended by POS. In addition to the Revolutionary War history, Elk Landing was also the site of two engagements during the War of 1812; one on April 12, 1813 and ogain on July 11, 1814. On both occasions the British were defeated and the town of Elkton was spared from the pillage that befell communities like Havrede Grace and Georgetown. To fend off forces from what was at the time the most poweful nation in the world was no small achievement. The Bicentenial of the War of 1812 ias rapidly approaching. Communities along the East Coast eill observe “America’s second war for indepence” with parades, reenactments asnd speeches. Elkton should do the same. What could the Mayor and Commissioners be thinking? Sell off a tract of land that played important roles in both wars ? No Way. Mr. Mayor, wake up and smell the cannon smoke!

  2. Minuteman:

    Thanks for your excellent observations about the value proposition containined in that parcel at the headwaters of the Chesapeake. Also thanks for helping to keep this matter before the public.

    The mayor told me a few days ago that he’s not hearing from anyone, other than me, on this subject. That I’m not sure of. I know there were two letters to the public. I’ve seen a few emails. And I know what I’m hearing in the coffee and bagel shops around town.

    I guess if I were hanging out with developers and not everyday townspeople, I wouldn’t be hearing that.

    As you said Minuteman, “No way, Mr. Mayor, wke up and semll the cannon smoke.”

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