Huntingtown, MD – A new church is planned for the Huntingtown area at the corner of Route 2/4 and Cox Road. During its Wednesday, Jan. 17 meeting, the Calvert County Planning Commission approved the application for site plan review for Life Church. Currently, the church’s congregation is meeting for services at Plum Point Elementary School. Life would be the second church on Cox Road. It was noted during discussion that some traffic congestion is created by attendees to services at Jesus the Divine Word.

During her review of the plan, Olivia Vidotto of the Department of Planning and Zoning explained that the church will not be located within the town center and will be built in two phases. Vidotto said the proposed first phase will consist of “a one-story church with 8,988 square feet. The second phase will be an expansion of the one-story building to add 2,940 square feet along with a basement underneath of 2,940 square feet. The total gross square footage will ultimately be 14,868 square feet. Based on the total gross square footage, 106 parking spaces are required and 122 are provided.” The church will be located on a 7.24-acre tract.

In a memo to the planning commission, Vidotto stated, “the site plan application has been reviewed and revised several times.” The Department of Planning and Zoning staff listed eight conditions that need to be addressed in moving the project forward, including traffic management. Vidotto’s memo reads, “staff has had concerns with the traffic pattern at the entrance. As this is a church, the volume of traffic will be occurring at the same times for most services and/or events, coming and leaving. The traffic may flow better as a one-way-in and one-way-out based on the design of the parking. This comment is being included so that the applicant will know that they have the option of changing the design if necessary in the future.” A traffic impact study for the project is currently under review by the Calvert County Department of Public Works and the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Proposed text amendments advance
Four proposed text amendments to the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance have been forwarded to state and local agencies for comment. The planning commission approved the advancements on four separate votes. The amendments would: permit daycare centers of 20 or more children enrolled within the Prince Frederick Town Center Old Town Transition District with approval from the Calvert Board of Appeals (BOA), remove the parking condition for accessory apartments, allow garages to be counted as parking spaces for attached dwellings in the Prince Frederick Town Center, and allow places of worship in the Farm and Forest District with BOA approval.

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