|A copy of the following
letter to the Governor was submitted to KIDL for distribution:
Dear Governor Glendening:
In response to the State of Marylandís announced support of smart growth
through its participation in local land use proceedings, I would
like to bring your attention to how Queen Anneís County needs similar assistance
from the state.
The controversy over the proposed WalMart in Chestertown has been news
on the Eastern Shore since before I bought my house on Kent Island
eight years ago. Not long after that, however, the issue of a proposed
WalMart Superstore at the eastern end of the Bay Bridge arose as well and
continues to this day. Your support of the Kent County Planning Commissionís
recent denial of the WalMart proposal for Chestertown cites the likely
adverse impact on the local business district. Mr. Governor, right at the
gateway to the beautiful Eastern Shore, we are facing that negative prospect
and much more.
In addition to the negative economic impact on existing community businesses
(including the KMart across the street), widespread local opposition has
highlighted the excessive burden this large commercial project would place
on already strained traffic and water/sewer capacity. As a resident
of the Route 8 south corridor, I experience regularly the limited capacity
of the single road in and out of one of the most populated areas of the
county. This is much more than a matter of aesthetics.
As you are aware, the Queen Anneís County Commissioners have filed an appeal
of the Circuit Courtís decision to overrule their denial of sewer and water
allocation for the proposed 28 acre site at the foot of the Bay Bridge.
This ill conceived project is but one of numerous development proposals
weighing down a quickly growing Kent Island. We urgently need the State
to support the Countyís appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals
to uphold the denial of this poorly planned development.
cc: Delegate Wheeler Baker
Maryland Dept. of Planning Secretary Roy Kienitz
Queen Anneís County Commissioners
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