John Vontran, the developer who purchased and will be developing the Yorkway property, has graciously and enthusiastically accepted my invitation to address the general ODNA membership at the Sept 27th meeting. Although time is short, I thought it best to distribute the following questionnaire to give some direction to our discussion with Mr. Vontran. The Executive Board would ask that you complete and return this to the ODNA website or reply to sender by Thursday at the latest. The Executive Board also asks that at the meeting this Saturday, we hear Mr. Vontran out first, then politely ask our questions to maintain a cooperative spirit with him. He told me that he wants to build a development that is an asset to the neighborhood, and seemed very cooperative and forthcoming.
To lend some background to those unfamiliar with the situation, the County's conditions of sale were that the property must be developed at DR 5.5 density or via the Planned Urban Development (PUD) process, but the developer is not required to conduct a charrette with the community; however, the PUD process does involve a Planning Board hearing where public testimony is taken. DR 5.5 will allow townhouses to be built, but not apartments. The PUD process allows for flexibility in design standards including higher density (Mr. Vontran is proposing single family detached). Moreover, the project must demonstrate both social and environmental benefits to the community before the Planning Board can approve the development plan. ODNA can have a say in defining those benefits.
Please carefully consider your answers in filling out the questionnaire on the following page. Again, you may submit the completed questionnaire as an e-mail back to OldDundalk@gmail.com , or by replying to sender. Thank you for your interest, cooperation and efforts in working with ODNA on this important issue.
As a resident of Old Dundalk, I think the following would be best for our community:
TYPE OF HOUSING
SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED (PROPOSED BY DEVELOPER)
GENERAL LOT SIZE
0.18-ACRES (OR 8,000 SQUARE FEET, THE MINIMUM ALLOWED BY
DR 5.5 ZONING)
ARCHITECTURE & EXTERIOR
ATTACHED FRONT LOADED
ATTACHED SIDE LOADED
CENTRALIZED ACTIVE OPEN SPACE
(e.g. DOG PARK, PLAYGROUND, ATHLETIC FIELD, PARK, ETC.)
DECENTRALIZED MOSTLY PASSIVE OPEN SPACE
(e.g. TOT LOT, SMALL COMMON AREAS THROUGHOUT DEVELOPMENT, ETC.)
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS/CONERNS (E.G. LIGHTING, LANDSCAPING, TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC, ETC.)
SERVE ON REDEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE?
(IF INTERESTED, PLEASE PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION)
ATTEND PUBLIC MEETINGS/HEARINGS (ESP. PLANNING BOARD)?
JOIN O.D.N.A.? (DUES ARE $10/YR/PERSON 18 OR OLDER)
I DON’T WANT TO ATTEND MEETINGS OR SERVE ON COMMITTEE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE MY NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
Yorkway Apt Questionnaire 9.22.08/my doc