Make Your Voice Heard on October 23rd (oppose the Monrovia Town Center)

That’s right! On October 23rd, we have the opportunity to make our voice heard in opposition to the proposed Monrovia Town Center. We have the opportunity to right the wrong before it is committed. We get to tell the County that in no uncertain terms, we do not agree with their approach to development. We do not agree to rampant, unsupported, un-needed development. We do not agree to the County’s current policy of saying “yes” to every pretty development that walks by. We do not agree to the County’s vision of our community as their “bread basket.” We do not agree to a future of half-finished developments dotting the region, unsafe & congested roads, over-crowded school, and unkept promises.

The only way to make your voice heard is to show up, sign up, and speak up. That’s right. After all the letters, all the petitions, all the yard signs, and all wonderful showing of support that we’ve gotten from the community, it still boils down to having as many people as possible there at the hearing, signed up to speak, and then willing to stand and exercise your rights as a citizen – to stand and voice your opposition to your government. That’s what it will take. This is what all of our efforts at RALE have been about. It was never about us taking on the County alone. Our objective has always been to educate the community about what is about to happen. To enable the community with facts and information, so that the community gets involved and tells the County what we think about what’s planned.

Postcard (front): Click on the image to open a larger version.

Postcard (front): Click on the image to open a larger version.

If you live in the 21770 area code, hopefully you received our new postcard (shown here). In it you’ll find information about the hearing at 6pm and our rally at 4:30pm. We want to make sure you know that the hearing consists of two separate issues, two separate decisions, and two separate opportunities for you to have your 3 minutes of speech. The first issue is the zoning change for the site. The second issue is a finding of consistency of the Development Rights & Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) with the Comprehensive Plan.

If you are planning to speak, and wondering what you should focus on in your testimony, here are some suggestions:

Part 1 – Rezoning of the agriculture land to Planned Unit Development (PUD)

• harmony with the existing community,

• impact on the community,

• general impact on traffic congestion and safety,

• general impact on schools (over-crowding, redistricting concerns, safety concerns with portables, …),

• lost agricultural land,

• lack of explanation why previously approved age-restricted development is no longer proposed,

• lack of the required neighborhood meeting that was supposed to take place BEFORE the development application,

• lack of any valid rationale for why the previously-approved age-restricted development is no longer being pursued

Part 2 – Finding of consistency of the DRRA with the Comprehensive Plan

• 25 year duration of the contract (DRRA) and how that usurps the opinions, votes, and decisions of future County governments and electorates;

• limitations of the traffic impact study – exclusion of impact study on Weller Rd, impact of proposed high school traffic, and full impact of the commercial zone of the development;

• impact & mitigation fees won’t cover the full cost to build required elementary, middle and high schools

• NO plan or budget for fixing problems created on MD75

• Plus – adverse impact on private property rights if they DO expand MD 75

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having an impressive turnout at this hearing. Our county politicians are currently trying to balance their commitments to the developer and the angry weight of public opinion against the development.

Your job is to show up and help tip the scales in our favor.

Postcard (back): Click on the image to open a larger version.

Postcard (back): Click on the image to open a larger version.

One last thought. October 23rd may not – and probably will not be – the end of it. If we have enough people there, the Planning Commission may be forced to extend the hearing to the night of October 30th. After the Planning Commission, then we’ll be making a big push to get people out to the BoCC’s public hearing on the same issues. That is currently scheduled for December 10th at Urbana High School. Stay tuned!

Location and extent of the proposed Monrovia Town Center. Click on the image to open a larger version.

Location and extent of the proposed Monrovia Town Center. Click on the image to open a larger version.


More information

On the web: RALE – Residents Against Landsdale Expansion

On Facebook: RALE – Residents Against Landsdale Expansion

On Twitter: @RALEMonrovia

Download the staff reports for the hearing:

Monrovia Town Center PUD Zoning Map Amendment

Monrovia Town Center PUD DRRA (Developers Rights and Responsibilities Agreement)

Local map of downtown Frederick and Winchester Hall (Click the image to open a larger version.)

Local map of downtown Frederick and Winchester Hall (Click the image to open a larger version.)