Finding the Balance
Susie Hance-Well's vision for Calvert County is to achieve a balance of residential and commercial development, while providing preservation of the many natural, cultural, and historical attributes Calvert County has to offer. Working together, a Comprehensive Plan can be generated and implemented to accomplish this goal.
Establish trust and confidence within our county government. Acknowledge that all county employees, including the Board of County Commissioners, work for the people. Be transparent in decision making. Give time and credibility to citizen participation. Be fiscally responsible, insisting on prioritizing capital projects.
Plan for growth with completed town center master plans and a comprehensive plan that reflects citizen input. Insist on action plans and yearly departmental updates on progress toward reaching the goals set by the 10 vision statements. Use reliable traffic studies to manage growth according to an overall plan, not just for individual projects. All growth should strive to enhance the quality of life of our area.
Good teachers are the foundation of our children’s education. Recruitment and retention should be a top priority. Work with the Board of Education to encourage funding for the goals of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.
Support law enforcement in their efforts to prevent and fight drug addiction. Partner with churches, community centers, and schools to work on prevention activities and provide counseling for those in need of support. Monitor our environment to ensure a healthy and safe community. Provide incentives for volunteer participation in our rescue and fire departments.
Rejuvenate the Calvert County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Strive to retire TDRs to actually decrease the residential density. Support land trusts and conservation groups in their effort to preserve our farms, forests and environmentally sensitive assets.
Provide incentives to local business development that compliments the county’s uniqueness. Tourism should be one of our top priorities. Take advantage of the “farm to table” movement to create a demand for our agricultural products. Each town should develop its own sense of place consistent with the county’s attributes.