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Wildlife Agency Raises Stop Sign For Sprawl Highway

Bay Daily,

Here’s a gift of good news for the New Year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is opposing the approval of a permit that would allow the paving of wetlands in Southern Maryland for the construction of the Sprawl Highway.

A recent letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Army Corps of Engineers says the Chesapeake region’s “most productive nursery” for several species of fish, the Mattawoman Creek,  would be hurt if Charles County is permitted to build the seven mile roadway, called the Cross County Connector.
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The Charles County government has argued (with little basis) that the road would not stimulate sprawl development.  In fact, the county’s own documents show that the highway would “facilitate” the construction of at least 1,113 homes in an area that is now largely forest, and perhaps many times that number.
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The agency wrote in their letter to the county: “With the building of the highway, several thousand acres of land are expected to be developed…

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Posted by: Sammy on 01/05/10 at 07:18 AM
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  • 1. ·
    The Charles County government has argued (with little basis) that the road would not stimulate sprawl development.  In fact, the county’s own documents show that the highway would “facilitate” the construction of at least 1,113 homes in an area that is now largely forest, and perhaps many times that number.


    THIS is what it's all about - development - nothing more, nothing less...!

    The Baltimore Sun reported in April 2008:

    "Eleven subdivisions with 2,513 homes are proposed or under construction with the assumption they could connect to the new road. Another 27 subdivisions with 2,971 units are planned or built nearby.

    Further, about 2,400 homes are expected at the western end of the connector in the community in Bryans Road. The county says thousands more are likely to be built nearby."


    Hopefully, those plans are also in jeopardy!!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/05/10  at  07:39 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 2. · Thankyou Mr. Leoploldi Miranda for having the courage to do what the LAWS ON THE BOOKS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO-PROTECT OUR VITAL RESOURCES FROM PROFITEERS..

    Teddy Roosevelt-in his time- put teeth in the executive office's ability to order and stop profiteers at that time who were trying to mine the grand canyon and spoil this marvelous natural treasure for all to see and enjoy..bravo maybe we well see some real national leadership lead the way and prevail over the always constant flood of personal profiteers who would even sell their own mothers for a few more bucks in their own pockets. The love of money is the root of all evil.

    Hodge is almost getting histronic in his replies to these CCC setbacks-rallying against all the facts with a blanket response that all the opposing factual material presented to negate this destructive CCC corridor--is as Hodge continues to still falsely bellow ""It is simply all innacurate""-even though it is all on the books.Further, future planned developments in this area without the CCC should be banned also in the face of 21st century science and the derailing of the CCC as precedent --getting into the planned lining of the pockets of a lot of the good ole boys[hodges base]-is why Hodge is so falsely Histronic in the face of the known on the books plans for this critical area

    Imho, Hodge has banked a large part of his ascendent run for the Md senate on the passage of the CCC-where all the in the loop monied organization would line up rank and file behind him on this issue, and reward him-as they are always better organized and generally vote in higher numbers than the general public.

    Hodge not getting this CCC thru may cost him many votes from the established ploitical arm of the for profit machine which all the other local pols jumped on-save the very decent Peter Murphy..
    Plus, the citizenry who are aware of Hodge's tremendous personal ambitions at the expense of citizen exclusion in a fair governance will vote against him also-leaving him only the uninformed voter and his name recognition.

    Let us hope that the strange bedfellows of the organized established political arm of/ for personal profit politics in Md dumps him because he failed to get their megga buck supply from the CCC thru-and citizens who know of his tremendous personal ambition and self interests ,very, very, often at the expense of citizen's being shut out of the governance process in a real way-will cause us/them to vote for another candidate as Hodge's Delaware ARGGH -belongs Not in Charles county.


    I googled up Delaware tax shelters-what a racket. you can form a shell Investment corporation with just one agent in Delaware to answer the phone or correspond with a Delaware address-and pay small state fees to do this and an incorporation fee is not very substantial-[I formed an S corporation in Md while working-still had to pay state and county taxes]
    In Delaware then -as I understand it-you still pay federal income taxes -but you totally escape state income taxes and county income taxes--thats a substantial amount of dinero saved annually...
    please enlighten if i have given incorrect information.....Bravo to the federal govt-thus far-not often that I feel the need to praise our federal bereaucrats-but this is one of those times-as maybe they understand that the time to save the critical resource and national treasure of the Chesapeake Bay is now!!

    Comment by WaterWorks  on  01/05/10  at  10:57 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 3. · why are shell corporations rackets? a shell corporation is just a corporation with no assets.

    are guns evil? no, it's the people who use them to commit crimes that are evil.

    are labor unions evil? no, it's the people who use them and hide behind them for nefarious purposes, forgetting the reasons behind them in the first place that are evil.

    are corporations (or shell corporations) evil? no, of course not. it's the people who use them to hide their true intentions that are evil.

    it always comes down to people. people will always be evil, and their ability to hijack and exploit things otherwise meant for good will always be there.

    at any rate...

    this seems like the most positive and concrete development i have seen in a while with respect to stopping the CCC. with all the closed-door and behind-the-scenes tomfoolery going on, and with these five knuckleheads seeing the writing on the wall as far as re-elections go, it wouldn't surprise me if they try and pull a fast one on us and do something really stupid, for which we will have to pay for the rest of our lives, while they---the few---get rich and ride off into retirement. (sorry, i'm sure that's a run-on sentence).

    point is, we've gotta be ever vigilant. not only in flushing out the effluvia currently plaguing us, but never taking our eye off the ball, and making sure We The People properly vet the candidates, and not letting anyone who will support this in the future. even if this project is stopped at the Federal level, it's far from enough. we simply cannot allow anyone with the mindset that would be for the CCC into office.

    let's not cock this one up.

    Fear the government that fears your guns

    Comment by xcitor  on  01/05/10  at  11:42 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 4. · Seems like most are coming out for the 'cave' people! Now: the biggie. Will the approval come thru with all this support for not building or will everyone for once do what is right for our world and not for 'economic' development?

    formerly known on the ‘Duck’ as spirit of the elder & BJGoodwin

    Comment by Barbara  on  01/05/10  at  11:50 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 5. ·
    Imho, Hodge has banked a large part of his ascendent run for the Md senate on the passage of the CCC-where all the in the loop monied organization would line up rank and file behind him on this issue, and reward him-as they are always better organized and generally vote in higher numbers than the general public.


    I agree...

    In Delaware then -as I understand it-you still pay federal income taxes -but you totally escape state income taxes and county income taxes--thats a substantial amount of dinero saved annually...


    True, but only if you are a "resident" (for at least 180 days of the year)...It's my understanding that Hodge's mother lives in Delaware, so I suppose he could claim residency there if he's living there for at least 6 months of the year??

    What I don't understand is how can someone whose "legal" residence is in one state (Delaware) run for office in another (Maryland)??

    Wouldn't residency requirements apply to the person running for office, i.e. if running for office in Maryland, wouldn't one have to be a "legal" resident of the state (more than 180 days per year) and therefore pay Maryland state income taxes??

    If anyone has the answers, please let us know!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/05/10  at  11:56 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 6. · I think the County is really in a pickle here. They're going to have to do a lot of convincing to get these federal agencies to approve. There are several dozens, probably several hundred, of cases in which homeowners or business owners were fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, forced to return areas back to their original habitat and many were even imprisoned. This was done by US Fish & Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA, the Forestry Service and several other agencies. The Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Act can be used to stop nearly anything and everything. Most of these agencies are indicating publicly that the County should start considering alternatives to the CCC through the Mattawoman watershed.

    Comment by The Quack  on  01/05/10  at  11:58 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 7. ·
    Hodge has banked a large part of his ascendent run for the Md senate


    He's running for Delegate (Murray Levy's seat)...not the Senate which is Mac Middleton's.

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/05/10  at  12:24 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 8. · Maryland Election residency requirements are vague at best, with the exception of a few specific offices. In general, one only needs to state an address as their primary residence. The definition of 'primary residence' is also vaguely defined by election rules. Its definition is different from what is concerned valid for tax or other purposes. The information is also not cross referenced or investigated with othe agencies or jurisdictions.

    Comment by The Quack  on  01/05/10  at  12:30 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 9. · Thanks Quack for this clarification.

    So, suffice it to say that even though Hodge may or may not be a "resident" of Maryland, he could possibly even run for Governor some day?

    big surprise

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/05/10  at  01:44 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 10. · The highway would destroy about seven acres of wetlands and 75 acres of forest. The connector would link the malls in the Waldorf area to planned developments in the northern section of the county, but do little to solve Charles County’s traffic problems or help commuters drive to jobs in the Washington DC area. More importantly, the highway would transform a largely forested terrain into a hard funnel of blacktop and suburban sprawl that would send polluted runoff into an ecologically vital Bay tributary.

    Not even bringing environmental degradation into the picture, this is what the State of Maryland Planning Department said way back--the Cross County Connector is NOT neeed. What more does anyone need to understand the CCC would truly be a road to nowhere paid for solely by the taxpayers of Charles County?

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  09:48 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 11. · The Commissioners have only one objective - to build out Charles County as much and as quickly as possible.

    I believe they want more development, particularly in the Bryans Road/Indian Head/Marshall Hall area to help "justify" the "need" for a new bridge connecting the Western part of the county at Chicamuxen to Woodbridge, VA.

    This idea for this bridge has been floating around since the 1960's, and IF the CCC extension is in place it will not only facilitate more development, but also create more traffic, thereby providing the justification for a new traffic pattern!!

    This bridge would enable traffic to be diverted from 301 & the Nice Bridge to this new route to I-95.

    It would also help to "relieve" traffic on the Wilson Bridge.

    In my opinion, it's all part of the overall strategy for an Outer Beltway in the future.

    The approval of the Connector extension would be the opening salvo in this endeavor!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  09:54 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 12. · #6 The Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Act can be used to stop nearly anything and everything. Most of these agencies are indicating publicly that the County should start considering alternatives to the CCC through the Mattawoman watershed.

    And then there are the developments that have already been approved for the Mattawoman watershed area which is the whole reason the Commissioners are so freakin' anxious to get the CCC built! Any development that has already been approved should be held to present laws and rules, State and Federal, regarding protection of wetlands and critical areas--no planned development should be allowed to be built under old regulations.

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  10:08 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 13. ·
    Any development that has already been approved should be held to present laws and rules, State and Federal, regarding protection of wetlands and critical areas--no planned development should be allowed to be built under old regulations.


    Absolutely!

    However, once they're approved this could only be done at the permitting stage and I doubt the Commissioners would hold up any approved development's permits because of THIS!! (just being facetious!!).

    I just wonder how many new developments in the watershed are currently up for approval???

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  10:17 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 14. · #11 I believe they want more development, particularly in the Bryans Road/Indian Head/Marshall Hall area to help "justify" the "need" for a new bridge connecting the Western part of the county at Chicamuxen to Woodbridge, VA.

    I agree, and I, also, think some of those Commissioners, both past and present, have money tied up in real estate hidden under LLCs in the Chicamuxen/CCC/Western ByPass area. For as long as this road has been in the works, any elected leader who had NO stake in the CCC would be hard-pressed to agree to the validity of why this road is so important when state and federal agencies with more scientific information have told them over and over that the CCC isn't needed and would do permanent harm to the Mattawoman.

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  10:26 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 15. · Marshall Hall has been planned as a big 'park' conference Center has it not?

    formerly known on the ‘Duck’ as spirit of the elder & BJGoodwin

    Comment by Barbara  on  01/06/10  at  10:32 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 16. · You got it seahorse!!!

    I didn't want to say this myself, so as not to appear as reading too much into this.

    However, I remember way back in the early 60's, my father said the same thing. I was just a kid and really didn't know what he meant...BUT NOW I DO!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  10:34 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 17. · I didn't want to say this myself, so as not to appear as reading too much into this.

    It's becoming a no-brainer to wonder what motivates this herd of Commissioners while watching them scramble so mightily to defend the indefensible especially when it's their very own constituents who will have to shoulder the monetary burden should this road get approved.

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  11:02 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 18. · #15 - Haven't heard about this one...BUT the Marshall Hall/Indian Head area is one of those "targeted" waterfront village areas along with the Nanjemoy's western shoreline and Smallwood Park.

    This falls in perfectly with the western "bridge" concept as these "waterfront villages" would bring HUGE amounts of development to the western part of the county, thereby further "justifying" the need for a new bridge!!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  11:03 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 19. · #17 - That's right seahorse!!

    The idea of the county taxpayers ALONE shouldering the financial responsibility for this "development corridor" to ENRICH the developers and a few politicians is unconscionable!

    All the more reason to throw them all out in November!!!!!!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  11:06 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 20. · #15, Isn't Marshall Hall considered part of the Mount Vernon viewshed? So far the Mt Vernon folks (don't know what they call themselves) have done a good job of keeping the Mt Vernon viewshed as it was in George's day. Hopefully, they will continue to do so.

    What is it about the type of Commissioners we elect who feel they can run roughshod over anything and everything that doesn't adhere to their own personal agenda?

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  11:11 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 21. · Cheryl, All the more reason to throw them all out in November!!!!!!!

    I hear ya'!!!!! We need a Smiley with 2 thumbs up!

    Comment by seahorse  on  01/06/10  at  11:14 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 22. ·
    Isn't Marshall Hall considered part of the Mount Vernon viewshed?


    Yes it is, BUT I believe the portion between Indian Head to Bryans Road is not in the viewshed.

    I agree with you about the Mt. Vernon folks (I don't know their official group name either). They're a perfect example of what a group of citizens can do to protect something.

    Look at what the Hughesville people did to stop the baseball stadium!!

    Now we see what's happening along Piney Church Road and nearby areas regarding development....this would have happened in Hughesville if not for the FOLKS taking a stand!!

    NOW IT'S UP TO THE REST OF US TO TAKE A STAND IN NOVEMBER!!!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  01/06/10  at  11:21 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 23. · Waterfront Concepts

    start at page 3

    formerly known on the ‘Duck’ as spirit of the elder & BJGoodwin

    Comment by Barbara  on  01/06/10  at  12:19 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 24. · #3 Xcitora-i agree with 99% of your statement-especially the small initial victories of the Feds blocking/slowing down the CCC.

    With county home rule in place [what a gross mistake**##@@]any sort of possible nefarious shenagans which line the pockets of those lined up along the CCC corridor and the construction-[**with the ever built in overruns**?!]- of it

    This initial victory promoted by the feds is no cause to let one's guard down on the CCC with the likes of the self interested personally ambitious unfab 5 in place.

    Guns -and i am an avid supporter of ones right to bear arms

    Pretty straight forward what a gun/weapon is used to be used for -as you say-they are tools possessing no evil or inherently heavenly characteristics-tools which ultimately are designed to take life> it is up to the man/woman who uses it to determine its legal or illegal use in terms of its known -on its very face- lethal capabilities. a gun simply is what it is!!

    a 'shell' corporation supposedly is a corp like any other-

    -Corps who register in one of the thousands of mailboxes in Delaware or thousands in Malta[like subsidiaries set up on major US names-Bank of America comes to mind]
    The corporation registration does not become formally on its face - the 'Shell Corporation of Smith and Podge Investment corp"-The Corp still remains sole "Smith and Podge Investment company" though in Del. for sake of fictional argument it is duplicitouos ,a sort of about face when compared to a legitimate corp or business entity say in the state of Md with no such ability to dodge taxes..The 'Smith and Podge investment corp' of Delaware is on its face just another corporation ,taxed as others in say Md and Va and WV{arent all these states reciprocal for tax filing in that you to can work in any ofthe states named but file in another where your residence is -on another note}-but in reality, the openly hidden tax loophole secret enables one to play by rules outside the generally accepted sphere of equitable taxation-if there is such a thing.

    .Unlike the gun that is what it is--The ''Smith and Pudge Investment corp" is not really what its name leads one to believe it is on its face-but rather it is just a tax dodge advantage whereby money from other states can be placed for more personal gain ..and less contribtion to the public tills where they really do business..a kind of -it isnt what it really appears to be sort of set up for the monied..

    Good thoughts you had-you are making me work maybe i agree with you 100% as We may just be talking semantics-as ultimately it all comes back to man's original greedy selfish nature if not regulated and reigned in..Good post xcitora man

    Comment by WaterWorks  on  01/06/10  at  03:56 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 25. · Now del S. Jamison another strong proponent of /for the CCC is much too her own personal lament and disappointment,- poor poor pitiful me- going to hold a campaign fundraiser in Annapolis "which is usually well attended by state house lobbyists [indy]"""
    PUULLLEEASSE!!! no matter how well intentioned they may begin-it seems at some point -that nearly being held at the point of a sword, they just cannot resist accepting the big corporate money-anything to keep that power ,once they have tasted life in the elite lane

    Comment by WaterWorks  on  01/06/10  at  04:16 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 26. · listen to Gravy Train Graves in the peper today...In regards to budget
    "WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR WHERE WE CAN SPEND,WHERE WE HAVE SPENT,WHERE WE NEED TO SPEND, AND WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO SPEND"!

    That about says it all...as he was talking in the context of the commissioners alone in the article-Absolutely no balance at all, exclusion of citizens is routine spend, spend,spend,spend was used four times by Gravy Train-hey its other peoples, the indentured publics money!!

    Comment by WaterWorks  on  01/06/10  at  04:32 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
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