Updates and Plans in and around the Village

Now that it is officially fall, the kids are back to school, and things are hopefully settling down, you may be wondering what has been happening lately in the Village of River Hill and surrounding area. Here are a few recent changes/updates:

• Columbia Association (CA) seal coated and striped the parking lot at the River Hill Meeting Room and Outdoor Pool in September.

• CA has ordered the play equipment for the Indian Summer tot lot (RH-25) upgrade. Installation is expected to begin in mid-October.

• This fall, CA will remove approximately 50 dead ash trees from the open space along the pathway at the end of Mellow Wine Way in the Pointers Run neighborhood.

• CA replaced a bridge near Indian Summer Drive (RHBR-13) in August.

• The final subdivision plan (F-18-118) for Willow Nook, consisting of two single family detached lots on Guilford Road is under review by the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ). Once approved, the next step will be the submittal of a site development plan.

• The County Council voted to approve CB 59 – 2018 to amend PlanHoward 2030 to extend the planned service area (water and sewer) to the 60 acres proposed for an Erickson Living Continuing Care Retirement Community. The actual Community Enhancement Floating zoning plan will go before the newly elected Howard County Council, serving as the Zoning Board, in early 2019.

• A revised site development plan (SDP-18-044) for the River Hill Square project (River Hill Garden Center property) was submitted in August and is under review by DPZ.

• In association with the River Hill Square project, adjustments to the rights-of-way are needed to realign Sheppard Lane at the intersection with Clarksville Pike. Revisions to the plan (F-18-099) must be submitted to DPZ by October 4.

• A site development plan (SDP-18-050) for Section 2 of Trotter Woods, north of Tall Timber Drive, for 5 single-family detached dwelling units has been found by DPZ to be technically complete. Once the SDP has been signed, the construction permitting process can begin.

• Revisions to the final subdivision plan (F-18-041) for Phase I of the Simpson Oaks project (46 single family detached homes and 83 townhouses) on Grace Drive are expected to be submitted to DPZ in October.

• W.R. Grace is seeking a waiver of the SDP requirements to remove 650 cu. yd. of existing fill. The waiver petition (WP-19-010) is under review by DPZ.

• September was a busy month in the village center: Kimco Realty began installing LED light fixtures in the parking lot and in front of businesses; Giant Food held their grand re-opening to showcase the store’s renovation; and the Ruby Tuesday restaurant closed. The association has no information about the plans for the Ruby Tuesday site.

Stay tuned! As new information becomes available, the association will share updates with the community via our newsletter, website, and social media.

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