BREAKING NEWS!! Talmadge Branch Withdraws from 7th District Congressional Race

Delegate Talmadge Branch is the first candidate after the Special Primary to withdraw from the April 28 Primary for the 7th District Congressional seat.

Under emergency legislation signed by the Governor on Monday, candidates for the 7th District Primary have until 2 days after Tuesday’s Special Primary to withdraw their nominations for the regular primary election.

CB3-2020 Columbia Village Covenant Amendment Needed

Below is an email I sent to the County Council on the need for an amendment providing for Architectural Committee approval, if necessary, from the appropriate Columbia Village Community Association if a scooter company wishes to place a docking station in the commercial areas of the village centers.

Dear Council,

The amendments for CB3 address many points omitted from the draft of the bill. However, I believe that is also necessary to address the issue that approval from the Architectural Committee from the appropriate Columbia Village Community Associations might be needed, especially for example, if the scooter companies wish to put docking stations on the Kimco properties in the village centers.

During the break in the Council Work Session, I spoke with the representative from Spin. I tried to explain that Architectural Committee approval might be needed in addition to any agreements with the private property owners. He stated that they would not operate on private property without permission. I said that was missing the point and that possibly approval from the Columbia Village Community Associations might also be needed. Because of this unique requirement, I think is imperative that these out-of-state companies be on notice that Architectural Committee approval might be necessary.

Therefore, I propose that the following language be added as Amendment 1 to Amendment 4:

(15) A REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN COOPERATION OF A PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER TO ACQUIRE ANY NECESSARY APPROVALS FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL COMMITTEE OF THE APPROPRIATE COLUMBIA VILLAGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (PURSUANT TO THE COVENANTS, DEEDS, AGREEMENTS, AND/OR DECLARATIONS OF RECORD AND ANY RULES OR GUIDELINES PURSUANT THERETO) AND TO SHARE WITH THE COUNTY THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S APPROVAL AT THE TIME OF THE PERMIT APPLICATION AND AS THEY ARE OBTAINED THROUGHOUT THE TERM OF THE PERMIT, AND

I know that the Council, especially Councilwoman Rigby with her past membership on the Kings Contrivance Village Board, recognizes the role that the village covenants play in land use in Columbia. The Wilde Lake Board has a short discussion on e-scooters scheduled for Monday evening. As a member of the Harper’s Choice Board, I had the scooter covenant issue placed on the agenda for the Board meeting on Tuesday; I hope to have the Board endorse the language for Amendment 1 to Amendment 4.

If the Council would like to have this input from the Columbia Villages, I urge the Council to delay taking final action on CB3 this month.

I would appreciate if you could have your offices respond Monday afternoon with your general thoughts on including the Columbia Village covenant language in the bill and the sense of the Council on whether there will be a final vote on the bill at Monday’s Legislative Session.

As always, I am happy to discuss this topic further.

Sincerely,

Joel Hurewitz