Prince Frederick, MD – A project involving the construction of two commercial buildings in the Dunkirk Town Center is moving through the pipeline following a review before the Calvert County Planning Commission. The panel met Wednesday, March 15 and the project was on the agenda as an application for site plan review.

Both proposed buildings will be 15,000 square feet. According to a memo from Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building principal planner Judy Mackall, the proposed uses for the buildings, which will be located on Town Center Boulevard, are a fitness center and a commercial performing arts building. The proposed structures have already received approval from the Dunkirk Architectural Review Committee. Mackall also indicated in her memo that a setback variance for the building and parking has been approved.

The agent for the project, Bay Engineering, was at the March 15 meeting to answer any questions planning commission members had about the proposal.  However, there were no questions and the application for site plan review was unanimously approved.

Recycling mandate
The planning commission held a public hearing on a change to the Calvert County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. The modification would bring the county into compliance with a state law that was passed and enacted in 2014. The Special Event Recycling Program, according to Calvert Division of Solid Waste Chief Michael A. Thomas, “requires the event organizer to recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, at a minimum, and report the recyclables’ weight from these events. This will help to raise the county and state recycling rate.”

The measure affects events with 200 or more attendees. The fine for noncompliance would be $50 for each day until the organizer complied.

On Feb. 28, the Calvert County Commissioners conducted a public hearing on the amendment. As was the case with that hearing, no speakers came forward to comment on the Special Event Recycling Program at the March 15. The record will be left open until the commissioners have the issue brought back as old business. Once the amendment is adopted it will go into effect.

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