Queen­stown dis­cusses an­nex­a­tion plans

Record Observer - - News - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME kjaime@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — At an open meet­ing of the Queen­stown Town Com­mis­sion held Wed­nes­day, June 27, the top item was the an­nex­a­tion of prop­erty east of the town’s cor­po­rate bound­ary, north of U.S. Route 301.

The es­ti­mated 200 acres con­sists of two large sec­tions with the larger of the two, along Cherry Lane, re­ferred to as Dud­ley Home Farm. The smaller of the two parcels, along Salt­house Cove Lane, is re­ferred to as Dud­ley North. The own­ers of the prop­erty, Salt­house LLC and Frank S. Dud­ley, Jr. Real Es­tate Trust, have es­ti­mated the size of Dud­ley Home Farm as 138.3 acres and Dud­ley North as 60 acres.

Plans to an­nex the prop­erty have dated back to 1997 with it­er­a­tions again ap­pear­ing in 2010 and most re­cently in 2017. Joe Stevens of Cen­tre­ville, the at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing the Dud­ley fam­ily, pre­sented Town Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Tom Wil­lis and Com­mis­sioner Ho­gie Schus­ter, along with Town Man­ager Amy Moore and Town At­tor­ney Brynja Booth with an over­view of the prop­erty bound­aries and cur­rent land use plans.

“We broke that prop­erty into two dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties be­cause they are treated dif- fer­ently in the Queen­stown Com­pre­hen­sive Plan,” Stevens said. “Dud­ley North is cur­rently zoned as sub­ur­ban res­i­den­tial with a small sliver zoned as coun­try­side. We pro­pose no re­zon­ing as part of this an­nex­a­tion. Dud­ley Home Farm was zoned as agri­cul­ture un­der the county and will re­main that way un­der the an­nex­a­tion.”

Stevens said the long process to bring the land into the town’s ju­ris­dic­tion had to be con­sis­tent with Queen­stown’s plans for the prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to the An­nex­a­tion Plan of Dud­ley North, the des­ig­na­tion as “Planned Neigh­bor­hood” in­cludes “ap­prox­i­mately 130 res­i­den­tial units of a town-like mix of types and lot sizes in­clud­ing town­homes, live work units, du­plexes, and sin­gle fam­ily homes. Also it in­cludes 25,000 square feet of of­fice and re­tail use.”

The Dud­ley Home Farm is slated for mu­nic­i­pal growth el­e­ments to “al­low for con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of the town on the North side.”

Both parcels, along with all prop­er­ties de­vel­oped within the town lim­its, are to be served by a pub­lic wa­ter sys­tem to be op­er­ated by Queen­stown.

The town presently serves about 670 peo­ple plus day­time com­mer­cial use through an es­ti­mated 272 oc­cu­pied res­i­dences. An­other 105 non­res­i­den­tial al­lo­ca­tions are served, in­clud­ing the site of the Queen­stown Pre­mium Out­lets.

“The res­o­lu­tion and an­nex­a­tion plan were sub­mit­ted to the Queen Anne’s County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, the county com­mis­sion­ers of Queen Anne’s County, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Plan­ning and the Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion all on May 16,” Booth said.

She also said Queen­stown did not re­ceive any com­ments by the county and the town did not re­ceive any writ­ten com­ments for the record other than a let­ter from the Mary­land Depart­ment of Plan­ning, dated June 27, not­ing this prop­erty is not seek­ing any re­zon­ing at this time. Any changes within five years, if sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent, would re­quire a waiver or ex­pressed con­sent by county com­mis­sion­ers.

Dud­ley Home Farm, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s County 2011 Com­pre­hen­sive Wa­ter and Sewer Plan Update, iden­ti­fies the prop­erty for pub­lic wa­ter ser­vice be­yond 20 years from 2011from the Queen­stown Wa­ter Ser­vice Area. Dud­ley North, ac­cord­ing to the same com­pre­hen­sive plan, is des­ig­nated for pub­lic wa­ter ser­vice be­tween the years 2014-2020.

The Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment will pro­vide fire ser­vices and the planned de­vel­op­ment re­view process al­lows the op­por­tu­nity to re­view longterm needs that may be nec­es­sary to the de­vel­op­ment of the prop­erty.

Lenny An­thony, who spoke on be­half of the Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, of­fered an op­tion for the use of the land by point­ing out cur­rent is­sues with their lo­ca­tion.

“Our next big project will be build­ing a fire sta­tion be­cause when we pull out, we’re half­way across the street,” An­thony said. “The fire trucks we or­der to house them there have to have to be de­signed to fit into the sta­tion. It’s just in­ad­e­quate for the fu­ture needs of the com­mu­nity. So we’ve taken the op­por­tu­nity to look at land around Queen­stown. For safety rea­son, its not our de­sire to cross Routes 301 or 50. We would like to see if land could be set aside for [that project].”

Stevens said lan­guage to ac­com­mo­date re­quests like those from the fire depart­ment would be in­cluded at the time the agree­ment would come to vote by the town com­mis­sion. Com­mis­sion­ers also echoed An­thony’s sen­ti­ment that the land would be an op­ti­mal lo­ca­tion, but that due dili­gence was yet to be com­pleted be­fore such pro­pos­als could be voted upon.

Peter Dud­ley, son of Frank Dud­ley, ad­dressed his sup­port for the town’s an­nex­a­tion plans.

“My fa­ther was a big sup­porter of the area and our in­ter­est is to con­tinue that legacy and to work with the town to com­plete the vi­sion that has con­tin­ued to evolve since 1997. It just seemed like the right time work with the com­mis­sion­ers on the town’s con­trolled growth process,” Dud­ley said.

The vote on the full an­nex­a­tion pro­posal was tabled un­til the next town com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing when Town Com­mis­sioner Al Hardee could be present.

PHOTO BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

From left, Queen­stown Town Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Tom Wil­lis, Queen­stown Town Com­mis­sioner Ho­gie Schus­ter and Brynja Booth, Queen­stown town at­tor­ney, re­view the an­nex­a­tion plans for Dud­ley Home Farm and Dud­ley North at meet­ing held Wed­nes­day, June 27.

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