Saturday, October 23 2010 @ 04:25 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
My name is Sandy Lutes and I am representing The Friends Of Jennings Chapel Road.org. We are a community living on or near Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine, MD. Jennings Chapel Road and several other nearby roads are designated as scenic roads by Howard County, MD. Many bikers travel on Jennings Chapel Road during the day, evenings and weekends.
A local neighbor on Jennings Chapel Road is trying to obtain a conditional use for his property. This conditional use would allow up to 25 large outdoor (tent) parties on his land during the growing season each year. This means a potential of a large gathering (up to 150 people) each weekend during the spring, summer and fall of each year.
Jennings Chapel Road and several others that link to it offer bikers, joggers and walkers a great trip through a very scenic area. The road is windy, with no shoulders and no passing areas. The road offers both flat riding surfaces as well as hills. If this conditional use is allowed, it will have an adverse impact on the biking community. Bikers will have to contend with many drivers searching for a party venue on an unfamiliar road.
After a party, bikers may have to contend with inebriated drivers coming up behind them or coming at them face on. Either of these scenarios could be potentially disastrous.
There is a Board of Appeals hearing on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The telephone number is: 410-313-2350.
Please come and testify. It would be helpful to us and YOU to stop this conditional use before the flood gates are open. This is the test case. If it is allowed, then anyone with five acres and a historic house in The Rural Conservation District of Howard County can apply to have 25 outdoor social events each year. Can you imagine what this could mean to bikers?
Thank you for your consideration.