Frequently Asked Questions
- When the building moratorium is lifted. What happens next?The Office of Planning and Zoning has determined that the total buildout for the Mayo service area is about 630 residential units over many years. Now that the Mayo moratorium is lifted, there are about 45 to 50 units that have previously been approved and can proceed to completion. Previous reports of 1,400 units being allowable were incorrectly reported in the newspaper. All subdivision development is subject to adequate public facilities requirements. South River High School is currently closed for new development.
- The roadways are congested with traffic. What is the county doing about it?A capital project is currently underway to add turn lanes and intersection improvements at MD 214 Central Avenue and MD 468 Muddy Creek Road. These are highways administered by the State of the Maryland that the County forward-funded because of an important need for relief. This project is not intended as a permanent fix to all traffic problems but should make a difference. It should be completed by fall 2017
- What other roadway improvements are planned?A study of major intersections and important facilities was completed in June 2016. It calls for the following improvements in the Mayo area:
- Finalize MD 468/MD214 intersection improvements
- Work with SHA to complete design and construct MD 214 sidewalk near South River High School
- Complete a traffic study recommended by citizen input and update traffic projections for the next 20 years
- Lobby the State for improvements to MD 214 east of MD 468
- Work with public safety/emergency response on incident management
- Investigate short term funding potential for spot improvements
- Work with community to determine priorities and address the higher priorities first when possible
- Is expansion of Beverly Triton Beach a done deal? Where is the community input?No, there is ample time and opportunity for public input before any park improvements are made. The Department of Recreation and Parks continues to work with community representatives, including members of the Mayo Parks Planning Committee.
- What has the County done to engage citizens and encourage citizen input?The County heard the concerns of Mayo residents with regard to traffic and public safety. After holding a public meeting in 2016, several changes were immediately initiated. In 2016, the Department of Recreation and Parks was directed to scale back planned upgrades at Beverly Triton Beach Park. The project has also been handled differently than other projects in the County with direct participation in every phase by the Recreation and Parks Director and more opportunities for public comment. The County also funded and completed upgrades to MD 214, sped up the beginning of the General Development Plan and informed Governor Larry Hogan about future roadway upgrades.
- People keep saying Beverly Triton Beach will be as big as Quiet Waters Park. Is that true?No. The current plan calls for low-scale improvements, including: better parking facilities, a picnic pavilion, playground, bathrooms with running water, and trail improvements. Conceptual designs are available and will be updated as the planning phase continues. This project will be nowhere near the scale of Quiet Waters Park. There is also currently no funding allocated for capital improvements to Loch Haven Park, South River Farm Park, the future Mayo WRF Park or Mayo Beach Park in the County’s six-year capital plan.
- Is there a crime problem at Beverly Triton Beach Park?The Police Department reports very few disturbances at the park. There is a full time ranger assigned to the Mayo parks who lives in a house at Beverly Triton Beach Park as a result of citizen requests. The ranger is there to enforce park rules. However, she does not have arrest powers. Rangers can write civil citations for issues such as illegal parking and dogs off leash. If you see suspicious activities, call 9-1-1.
- Is there any environmental benefit to sewage upgrades completed during the building moratorium?Yes, there has been an enormous benefit to this infrastructure upgrade. The moratorium was imposed because the wastewater treatment plant was operating at capacity. There are two major environmental benefits: First, the sewage is treated using dramatically improved technology to remove pollutants more effectively. Secondly, more than 550,000 gallons a day of treated sewage discharged into the Rhode and West rivers is now eliminated to zero.
- Will improvements to Beverly Triton Beach Park harm the environment?No. In fact, the project to improve the park will include environmental improvements the community has been requesting for some time. Opponents say the construction will accelerate erosion and endanger wildlife such as bald eagles. In fact, shoreline erosion will be evaluated as part of the project's design phase. The County will work with the Sierra Club, the South River Federation and the Riverkeeper, among others, to ensure the area remains wildlife friendly.
- I am concerned about emergency response on a road that is one lane in and one lane out. What are you doing about fire and emergency medical services?The County is conducting an analysis of fire and medical response on the Mayo peninsula. In 2015 the fire department commissioned a study of deployment, and implemented the top recommendation to add a firefighter to the Woodland Beach station. A new study is underway to analyze and improve response times.
- What information do we have about the current capacity of the Aquia Aquifer?The Maryland Geological Survey has been contracted to perform a study on the existing private wells that have been drilled to a certain depth into the Aquia Aquifer. With the completion of the study, County officials would be able to identify appropriate management strategies to guide future use of the groundwater resources for potable water supply in the area.
Listening Session at Broadneck High School on October 17, 2017