Mayo Development Moratorium Update
County Executive Leopold Announces Property Owners Not Paying Service Availability Charge May Now Apply for Building Permits
Annapolis, MD (August 12, 2008) - Effective today, the Anne Arundel County Allotment Committee waived a previous stipulation within the Mayo building moratorium. Prior to today, buildable lot owners that were not paying a Service Availability Charge (SAC) for public sewer service were not allowed to apply for building permits during the moratorium.
The Allotment Committee, after a further review requested by County Executive Leopold, realized that the SAC was not assessed until building permit issuance - making the earlier ruling unfair.
"This is an effort to make the process as fair as humanly possible," County Executive Leopold said. "Taking a closer look indicated to us that these property owners had not been given the opportunity to pay the charges in question."
Anne Arundel County officials moved last week to ease the burden on the Mayo Sewer Service Area by enacting the building moratorium. The County Allotment Committee along with other staff reviewed all the data related to management of the Mayo Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) treatment capacity and concluded that the moratorium must be implemented to comply with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) regulation.
The Mayo Water Reclamation Facility remains near capacity. Only 49 units of capacity exist for buildable lots. A fact sheet is available for review online on the Public Works Website or at the County Permit Center located at 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. All permit applications for the Mayo Sewer Service Area must contact DPW-Financial Services at (410) 222-7511 for approval prior to application.
The Allotment Committee declared this moratorium on the approval of capacity for any new subdivision, subdivision in process, any new minor subdivision, minor subdivision in process and any new building permits in excess of the 49 units available. Building permits that do not increase capacity at the Mayo WRF, such as demolition rebuilds or home improvements, are not impacted by this moratorium.