2016 Annual Meeting Recap

The Greater Fallston Association held its annual meeting on Thursday, October 27th at the Fallston Recreation Chenowith Center. All current board members and a small group of members were present.

The 2015 annual meeting minutes, treasurer report and membership report were  approved. There were no nominations for board members or officers and current officers chose not to continue in their current capacity.

A proposal was made to join efforts and resources with Friends of Harford, a community organization with similar goals.

At this time, members are encouraged to sign up for Friends of Harford alerts and continue their own personal vigilance and awareness of public safety, community resources, facilities and land use.

As stated on their website, Friends of Harford is dedicated to a vision of Harford County as a community where an exceptional quality of life is achieved through respecting the environment and the needs of all citizens, by protecting natural resources, improving neighborhoods and preserving open space and rural character.

Sign up for Friends of Harford email alerts HERE

Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Greater Fallston Association Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 27th 7pm
Chenowith Activity Center:  Library Room
1707 Fallston Road
Fallston MD 21047

All are welcome.  Please join us for this upcoming event.
AGENDA will include:

  • GFA Update and What’s Next for 2017
  • Election of GFA Board of Directors
  • Friends of Harford (FOH) Presentation: Invitation to Membership
For further information please email greaterfallston@gmail.com

Bell Gate Center- Development Advisory Committee Meeting

Development Advisory Council Meeting- NOTICE

DATE/TIME: July 20, 2016, 9:00 am
PLACE: First Floor Conference Room, 220 South Main St., Bel Air

Bill 16-016 HarfordNEXT Master Land Use Plan

RE: June 2nd informational Meeting regarding HarfordNEXT organized by District B Councilman Joe Woods:

It is the position of Councilman Joe Woods that he has recused himself from any action relative to the Harford NEXT plan specifically related to the development envelope expansion area in Fallston. The reasoning for his recusal is related to the fact that Mr. Woods is involved in a family owned business located in a property (Fallston Village Center) owned by the same owner as the property included in the proposed expansion area, the owner/developer. Concerned citizens reached out to County Council President Slutzky to ask who would then represent Fallston.

Council President Slutzky’ s response: “Council members are elected by district, however, they represent the entire county. Any council member can represent an interest or position by constituents in any district.”

Contact the County Council via email or phone regarding action on Bill 16-016

http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/155/County-Council

To review the HarfordNEXT Plan and public input submitted during the draft phase go to: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1831/HarfordNEXT-Draft

 

Fallston Community Plan-HarfordNEXT

Legislation for HarfordNEXT, the latest Master Plan, has been sent to the County Council (Bill 16-016) for their review, amendments and passage or failure to pass the legislation.
Public hearing on the bill is June 7th at 6:00 pm at County Council chambers in Bel Air, 212 South Bond Street, Bel Air.  There is only one hearing set for this bill.

If you want to speak about this bill, you MUST  sign up in advance no later than 5:00 pm June 7th.  You may email the at council@harfordcountycouncil.com  or call (410) 638-3343 to inform them of your intention to speak.  You can do that right now.

You may read the entire HarfordNEXT plan at :http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1831/HarfordNEXT-Draft
Every Community has changes. 

The Community Plans are for: 

  • Churchville/Creswell
  • Edgewood
  • Fallston Plan
  • Greater Bel Air/Emmorton/Forest Hill
  • Aberdeen/Bush River/ Havre de Grace
  • Joppa/Joppatowne
  • Northern Tier

Each Community section runs between  5 to 10 pages with a lot of pictures – an easy read.

Please take the time to read what the County has planned for your neighborhood.

We encourage you to read the entire plan and let the County Council know if you have concerns, think something should be changed, added or removed.

This is Ground Zero.  This is where all planning for streets, parks, libraries, community amenities, public water and sewers, industries, shops and retail, new housing are envisioned for the future.

We urge you not to wait for a DAC or CIM meeting when the zoning is in place.  Plan now for the future of your neighborhood.

 

 

 

GFA Request to Remove Development Envelope Expansion Proposal

Recently, Greater Fallston Association Board members met with Harford County Government elected officials to request removal of the Development Envelope Expansion proposal from the HarfordNEXT Master Plan document prior to delivery to the Harford County Council for legislative review.

A period (30 days) of public comment will follow with a posted public hearing date to be determined. After that time, the HarfordNEXT document could be amended with items added or deleted.

The HarfordNEXT Master Land Use Plan is expected to be voted into law sometime in June, 2016.

The GFA will continue to post information about the ongoing master plan land use process and opportunities for public input.

 

Fallston Community Advisory Board Harford NEXT Comments

Fallston Community Advisory Board- Harford NEXT Input

The Fallston Community Advisory Board* (FCAB) met in February and March of 2016. Review of the Harford NEXT Draft was completed and comments were submitted by the March 23rd deadline.

The GFA is pleased with the response of the FCAB and supports the comments submitted.

Fallston Community Advisory Board HarfordNEXT Comments

*The eight Community Advisory Boards were created in order for the citizens of Harford County to inform the county executive and his administration on matters of interest or concern within each local community.  Individually, the advisory boards host regularly scheduled public meetings that educate the attending residents on the services, plans and initiatives provided by their local government, along with various state agencies and other private organizations. Each board meeting will have a representative from the Harford County Division of Citizen Affairs to offer additional information, answer questions and assist the board and the community it serves to effectively communicate the important topics of local interest. 

 

Harford NEXT Master Plan Draft

Harford NEXT Draft Plan  proposes expanding the Development Envelope into Fallston. ( to the corner of Harford Road and Mountain Road, the yellow area in the map.) Chapter Two- Grow With Purpose, page 28.

Fallston Bump Out Map

Proposed Expansion of the Development Envelope in Fallston (Yellow Area)

 

The Development Envelope allows for more intense zoning, water and sewer.

Provide comments now via the online.https://harfordcounty.opencomment.us/

Harford NEXT Online Tutorial

Harford NEXT Online Tutorial

It is important for Harford County citizens to take part in the process and provide input on the Harford NEXT Master Plan draft now.

Comment close March 23, 2016. To review how to provide input, click on the link below.

Open Comment Tutorial

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Harford NEXT Master Plan-Update

HarfordNEXTNew

Draft HarfordNEXT Master Plan is available for review and open for public comment. 

To review, click on link below:

http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1831/HarfordNEXT-Draft

A public Open House will be held February 18th, 6:00pm

Harford Community College-Chesapeake Dining Hall

Items of Interest in the Draft Master Plan

  • Expansion of the Development Envelope in Fallston (40.8 acres at the SW intersection of MD 152 and MD 147);  Forest Hill (25.75 acres at the NW intersection of MD 23 and MD 24), and Creswell (77.6 acres at the West side of MD 136, South of Cedar Lane).
  • Requests a study of the area east of the Development Envelope between US 1 and I95 to evaluate current and future growth and determine the community facilities needed to serve this area, including schools, police, fire/EMS, water and sewerage, transportation, parks and recreation and libraries.
  • Fallston Community Plan– Does the draft plan reflect your vision for Fallston?

View and provide comments on the draft plan utilizing the Open Comment online forum http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/opencomment

Timeline:

February, 2016- Harford NEXT Master Plan draft available for public input.

March 23, 2016- Deadline for public comment.

Spring, 2016- Harford County Council review Harford NEXT Master Plan

Spring, 2016- Master Plan will be voted on by County Council

Harford NEXT will guide planning policy through the year 2040 once approved by the County Council.

Now is the time to provide input.