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Local Resident's Concerns over increased traffic on Shawan Road

Local Resident's Concerns over increased traffic on Shawan Road

I received this email: From: "Liz Buxton" <>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2015 7:02:50 PM
Subject: Mega church on Shawan

Hi Joe,
We spoke a week or so ago about the proposed 1000 seat church on Shawan Road. Do you know anyone who bikes that section of Shawan and would share our concerns and be willing to join our effort to appeal the decision to allow this mega church to be built in RC-4 zone.  We are seeking folks who would be willing to testify on May 13 in court.  I have attached a flyer with info. Perhaps you could forward to anyone who may be concerned and have them contact me.  We are looking for members of bike community to testify on May 13.

Thanks for your help!


Elizabeth Buxton
Executive Director
The Valleys Planning Council
PO Box 5402
Towson, MD 21285
443-912-2067 (cell)

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Re: Local Resident's Concerns over increased traffic on Shawan Road

this is a copy of the flyer discussing the proposed new megachurch

Community Alert

1000-seat Church Proposed at 821 Shawan Road

The Hunt Valley Baptist Church, a small, existing church located off Cuba Road at 1800 Worthington

Heights Parkway, has purchased the former Kemp property at 821 Shawan Road. The existing church

has 60-65 member families for a total of 140-150 members, but the church expects to grow to 1,000 by

attracting members from a wide area.

They filed a petition for a special exception to allow a 1,000-seat church that will be over 30,000

square feet in size and have two parking lots. The Baltimore County Administrative Law Judge

approved the request on January 5, 2015. In addition to approving the special exception, which allows

a church use in the RC4 zone, the county extended the time to utilize the special exception from the

usual two-year period to three years.

The Valleys Planning Council (VPC) and immediate neighbors filed an appeal of that decision. Hearings

before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals will be held on May 6, 11 and 13.

The VPC is working with the Shawan at Hunt Valley Community Association and area residents to iden-
tify environmental and community impacts associated with this development proposal.

The proposed church is adjacent to the existing and recently-expanded St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. In

addition, the Hunt Valley Presbyterian Church on Beaver Dam Road is seeking approval to expand to

1,000 seats. These large institutional uses bring major impacts to the rural area and are better suited to

sites inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line that are served by public water and sewer and other

How to Help Overturn the Special Exception Approval

The VPC and residents have a strong case, but community help is needed. Here’s what you can do:

 Collect evidence of any existing problems you have personally experienced with wells, storm-
water, traffic or other issue. Date-stamped photos and/or personal logs provide helpful documen-

 Attend the May hearings. Hearings are held in Towson on the second floor of the Jefferson Build-
ing at 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue.

 Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Valleys Planning Council to help cover legal and expert

fees. Write HVBC in the check memo line, and 100% of funds will be used for this legal case.

Please mail checks to the VPC at PO Box 5402, Towson 21285. Thanks to all those in the

community who have already helped support this case.

For additional information, please contact Bob Schroeder at the Shawan at Hunt Valley

Community Association (410-627-2028 ) or Liz Buxton at the VPC (410-337-6877).

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