This reassignment of development rights
takes away current land-use laws designed
to allocate density in order to protect and
conserve ecologically valuable open space.
Approval of Snyder’s approach would set
a major precedent that could affect all of
Maryland’s critical areas, thereby putting
at risk water quality and our most critical
land—that which is next to our streams,
rivers and Bay.
The proposed Turtle Run Development
on Deep Cove has been controversial for
more than a decade, and CBF and partners
have long opposed it successfully. But now,
under a new county and state administration, the developer appears to making
progress. Anne Arundel County has conditionally approved the strategy and plans.
CBF has opposed Snyder’s development plan
at each stage. Our attorneys appealed the
county’s decision. The county challenged
our role, arguing we should not be allowed
to litigate the issue. Just days before press
time, CBF was granted standing to partic-
ipate in the case, and we will continue to
defend against this attempt at undermining
the intent of the Critical Area Law.
Virginia: Gloucester County
Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act
is often criticized for depressing development
by raising the cost to build. As written, the
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act provides for
balanced economic development while protecting the public interest in the Chesapeake
Bay and other state waters. However, criticism has led to weak and incorrect enforcement decisions in many localities, along with
pressures on boards of supervisors or city
councils to limit the act’s scope.
For example, the Gloucester County
Board of Supervisors recently approved a
revised and weakened version of its local
Preservation Act program. The new version
reduces the amount of land designated
for preservation, softening water-quality
protections and signaling a potentially seri-
ous decline in local commitment to the
program and to a restored Bay.
Gloucester’s proposal is currently with
Virginia’s Department of Environmental
Quality for review. If green-lighted, the proposal will go before the Gloucester Board of
Supervisors for further consideration, a period
of formal public comment, and a final vote.
CBF has been engaged in educating
Gloucester County citizens and staff about
the dangerous implications of the proposed
change and has also been sharing its views
about the proposal with officials.
With the very encouraging progress the
region is making as a result of the Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint and the innovative
new approach in Pennsylvania, CBF is
emboldened. We will stand up to these and
other threats to continued progress.