YOUR RESOURCE GUIDE for “How Citizen Participation Can Improve Development”
“How Citizen Participation Can Improve Development”
Thursday, January 15th 7-9pm
Anne Arundel Community College
Room 100, Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT 100)
Sometimes it seems like a new development is proposed every day. Often, these proposals are inconsistent with existing zoning, Small Area Plans and General Development Plans and require variances and special exemptions contrary to community interests. What can the average citizen or community do to protect their quality of life and the environment, and ensure that development follows the law?
It is critically important to understand the development process in order to have an influence upon it.
Please find these resources available at your disposal:
3. MRA and CLA Presentation Video This 58 minute presentation was given by Russ Stevenson on January 15, 2015 at the Anne Arundel Community College of Arnold, Maryland. This presentation is meant to enhance and help citizen participation in the development process. Russ’s talk is a great reference tool explaining how the subdivision process works, critical area and what citizens can legally do to control it. This presentation was video taped by MRA member Charles Germain.
The Magothy River Association is a volunteer organization of community associations and individual members from across the Magothy River watershed. The MRA’s purpose is to work at the grass roots level to influence both governmental and private decisions which affect the quality of life in the Magothy watershed; to take those actions individually and in community groups to improve the environment and water quality of our river; and to educate each other and the public as to needs and how they may be addressed in a diligent effort to preserve a natural habitat along the Magothy and its tributaries.
The Chesapeake Legal Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to using the law to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay. CLA coordinates a network of lawyers who volunteer their time and professional skills to representing environmental organizations, citizens’ groups, and individuals in their efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake and its watershed.