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Community Issues

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Started 1 week ago

Petition to Howard County Government, Mary Kay Sigaty, Greg Fox, Eric Ebersole, Terri L. Hill, Clarence K. Lam, Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Shane E. Pendergrass, Frank S. Turner, Howard County School Board, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Historic Preservation Commission, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, Howard County Department of Public Works, Jon Weinstein, Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Department of the Environment, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club of Howard County, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Howard County Conservancy, Allan H. Kittleman, Jen Terrasa

Stop Uncontrolled Development in Elkridge & Hanover

Greater Elkridge (Elkridge and Hanover) is currently experiencing a dangerous trend of overdevelopment that is threatening the quality of life in our community. We are petitioning Howard County Government as concerned residents, parents, employees, and school educators to issue a moratorium on building construction in the Elkridge planning area. We hope to raise alarm with our officials and agencies over this issue and its adverse effect on our environment, school overcrowding, and stress on our public infrastructure (roads, traffic congestion). We are asking our government to initiate a moratorium halting development in order to properly analyze current community planning practices, stormwater management, school expansion, and infrastructure improvements. A recent analysis (pictured) using the county’s Search Plans database found that approximately 2,483 units are in the development pipeline within the Elkridge planning area (active from January to August 2018). This includes 1,657 apartments, 172 single family homes, and 654 townhouses. Many of these developments are at higher densities, and one (Lawyers Hill Overlook) poses a significant threat to the landscape of the Lawyers Hill Historic District. Furthermore, the Howard County Development Monitoring System Report for 2017 found that Elkridge had the highest amount of newly constructed residential units in the entire county with 572 units (47% of the county’s total units), and 2,221 units in process (90% being apartments) as of December 2017. These numbers are comparable to the growth in Downtown Columbia, yet Elkridge does not receive nearly as much funding or planning services. Our schools have also suffered from this uncontrolled rate of development. The School System’s 2018 Feasibility Study found that numerous schools will be at dangerous levels of overcapacity by 2023. This assessment includes one elementary school (Hanover Hills at 132.2%), one middle school (Thomas Viaduct at 123.1%), and both high schools being well over student capacity (Howard at 146.1% and Long Reach at 143.3%). These numbers are simply unacceptable, and our children deserve better. We believe that our environment, historical integrity, and public safety are at stake due to the high levels of deforestation that takes place during development. The Floods of 2016 and 2018 also had a severe effect in Lower Elkridge; inundating the major inter-county artery of U.S. Route 1. These flooding events pose as great of a danger to Ellicott City’s Main Street as it does for Elkridge’s Main Street. By allowing developers to continue this uncontrollable trend of overdevelopment, we are destroying what makes Elkridge and Hanover a great place to live. We ask that our government acknowledge and address these concerns by issuing a development moratorium in the Elkridge planning area. We need time for our government to give our community the attention it deserves and desperately needs through effective communitywide master-planning. Howard County Search Plans:  https://data.howardcountymd.gov/Search_Plans/Search_Plans_Web.aspx Development Monitoring System Report: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=RwYT-YU5mGs%3d&portalid=0 HCPSS Feasibility Study Report:          https://www.hcpss.org/f/schoolplanning/2018-feasibility-study.pdf   

Concerned Citizens for Greater Elkridge
416 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Victoria Woodards, Anders Ibsen, Robert Thoms, Keith Blocker, Catherine Ushka, Chris Beale, Lillian Hunter, Conor McCarthy, Ryan Mello, TPU Board Members

Save Cushman & Adams Substations from developers!

Whereas the historic Cushman and Adams Substations were built by the residents of Tacoma for the benefit of Tacoma residents; and Whereas these buildings of nationally historic significance have been listed on national, state and local registers of historic places and their value recognized as integral to our shared collective history as a community; and Whereas the Tacoma Comprehensive Plan Policy UF-13.28 for this area of Tacoma states that the City should "Encourage the conversion of electrical substations for recreational purposes if the sites are no longer needed for their intended purpose (pg. 2-61)”, Therefore, we the people of Tacoma, request that the Tacoma City Council & TPU Board:  1.   protect the Cushman and Adams Substations from private for-profit development and work to ensure that the buildings and property be retained for public use in perpetuity; 2.   direct staff to conduct a thorough and robust public process to engage residents in planning for the future community use of these publicly-owned assets and the development of a master plan for the entire site; 3.   conduct a study of examples of other cities that have repurposed similar surplus electrical facilities for productive community uses, the means through which such facilities were funded, and to provide the results of such a study to the Council and the residents of Tacoma; 4.   work with community nonprofit organizations toward the goal of repurposing and managing these buildings as public facilities for the benefit of the community.

North End Neighborhood Council / Friends of Cushman Substation
488 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Steve Noble, Steve Schabot, Kevin Gilfeather, Kevin R. Bryant

Addressing Safety Concerns and Making Improvements to the Kingston Point Dog Park

We the undersigned, who are users of the Kingston Point Dog Park (hereafter “the Dog Park”), appreciate the efforts of the City of Kingston (hereafter “the City”) and those involved in creating the Dog Park and are committed to working with them toward our common goals of insuring that the Dog Park be used safely and to its fullest potential. Accordingly, we hereby notify and petition the City - specifically the Mayor, the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Ward 8 Alderman – with regard to the specific safety issues and suggested improvements to the Dog Park referenced below: Tree Stump Removal Small Tree Removal and Planting of Adult Trees Trench Leveled Holes Filled Lighting Installed Water Fountain Installed Better Signage and Communication I. The Tree Stumps in the Large Dog Park: The City previously cut down three sick trees, but left their stumps. The stumps serve no purpose and offer no benefit (no one sits on the stumps as two of the three stumps are below sitting height and dogs pee on them daily), while they pose a danger to dogs running and playing in the park. This danger is not hypothetical; dogs have run into the stumps and been injured. We respectfully request the City remove the stumps with all due speed before another dog is injured.II. The Small Trees in the Large Dog Park/Planting of Adult Trees: The City planted two small trees in an attempt to provide shade in place of that given by the three trees that were cut down (referenced above). While its efforts are appreciated, the reality is that the two trees suffer from two significant defects - size and location. First, these trees are saplings. As saplings it will be many years (perhaps 20) before they'll be providing any useful shade and they are vulnerable to the damage done by dogs peeing on them daily which negatively impacts their health and growth. Second, the location of the two trees in the middle of the park poses a danger to dogs running into them and being injured (as happened recently) and subjects the trees to dogs peeing on them daily as referenced above. We respectfully request that the City remove the two saplings as soon as possible to avoid further injury to dogs in the park. We further request the City plant two or three adult trees along the outside of the dog park fence (on the side closest to third base/left field side of the softball field) such that the leaves will provide shade to dogs in the park while not posing a danger to dogs running and playing. This solution offers all of the benefits with none of the risks of planting trees in the Dog Park.III. Filling in the Trench in the Large Dog Park: The trench that runs across the large dog park significantly dips in places such that it has been the cause of numerous dog injuries; some very serious and requiring surgery. We respectfully request that the City add fill to flatten out the trench with all due speed to avoid further injury to dogs in the Dog Park. We have examined the trench after heavy rains and have never witnessed water sitting or running, thus we don't believe it serves a drainage function. If the city engineer, however, determines that filling the trench might cause drainage issues, installing culvert pipe is a simple remedy.IV. Filling Holes in the Dog Park: The Dog Park is littered with holes. Dogs dig holes. It's natural, foreseeable and there is nothing we can do to stop them. But people and dogs are falling in the holes and getting hurt on a regular basis. What we can and must do as users of the Dog Park, however, is to be more responsive to filling those holes so as to prevent and minimize such injuries. The City has provided fill, for which we are grateful. In order to fill the holes efficiently, however, we need a wheel barrow. We respectfully request the City provide a wheelbarrow in or near the Dog Park for this purpose. In the alternative, we request the City have its Park and Recreation Department employees fill the holes when they remove the canine waste.V. Lighting is a Necessity: The undisputed reality is that for five (5) months out of the year - from mid-October to mid-March - the Dog Park can’t legally or safely be used by the vast majority of people during the work week because it is dark during their non-working hours (and thus the Dog Park use is prohibited). Think of how significant that is for dogs that are home all day while their humans are at work, deprived of exercise and socialization for a large part of the year. The solution is obvious - install dusk to dawn lighting that is on a timer such that the Dog Park is lit in the morning from 6am until it is dawn/light out and then lit again in the evening from dusk until 8:30pm. Such lighting will make a real difference in people's ability to use and enjoy the park and in the lives of their dogs. Kingston's softball fields (which are only used for a few months out of the year in contrast to the Dog Park which is used all year round) have lights. Many of Kingston’s tennis courts have lights. For Kingston residents to make full and safe use of the Dog Park it needs to have lights. We respectfully request that the City provide lighting so the Dog Park can be more fully and safely used and enjoyed by the residents of Kingston (running electric from the softball outfield lights or going with solar lighting are both options to be considered). With regard to lighting there is one other point worth noting – Dog Park users can easily bring their own water to the Dog Park (people can fill up at home or at the Park bathroom or buy water). What people can't do is bring their own lighting. As far as priorities to Dog Park users, lighting is far above running a water line up to the Dog Park.VI. Access to Water: While running water up to the dog park is not a priority, given the bathrooms by the parking lot, it would be convenient and make sense to have access to water at or by the bathrooms. The importance of water and hydration to dogs and people is clear. However, the bathrooms are usually locked all Winter and after 5pm and on weekends the rest of the year. We respectfully request that rather than run a water line up to the Dog Park, the City install an outside water faucet or drinking fountain by the bathrooms that is freeze proof/resistant. It is a far less expensive and simpler solution that running a water line up to the Dog Park. VII. Other Dog Park Issues/Signage: It is unclear from the posted signs at the Dog Park who and where to call in the event of issues at the Park (ex. an aggressive dog or human is present and the person won’t leave upon request). Further, we had heard that the UCSPCA is no longer providing an animal control officer for Kingston. Accordingly, we request better signage including who and where to call be posted.The City of Kingston is charged with insuring that its parks are maintained and can be safely used. It's also responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of Kingston residents and their pets. In order to fulfill its mission, the City has a responsibility to cure unsafe conditions such as the tree stumps, saplings, trench and holes. We raise these matters to your attention and appreciate your consideration of our petitioned changes and improvements. We look forward to working together to improve Kingston for all.

Dog Friendly Kingston NY
1,245 supporters