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Welcome to Hickory Ridge
Hickory Ridge Village is located on the west side of MD Route 29 in Columbia. The village is an oasis of mature trees and quiet neighborhoods convenient to major highways. It is bordered on the west by the 900 acre Middle Patuxent Nature Preserve, on the north by Howard County General Hospital and Howard Community College, and is close to downtown Columbia.
The next meeting of the Hickory Ridge Village Board will take place on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 pm.
Click here to review the Draft FY2014 BUDGET
The Village Board voted on the FY2014 operating budget at their meeting on Monday, April 15. Copies of the approved budget are available at the village office or by request..
Tickets are available at the village office for the Columbia Home Tour to be held on Sunday, June 2 from 11am-5pm. Tickets are $20 and provide you with the opportunity to visit five homes in various Columbia villages including one in Hickory Ridge. For more information, check out www.columbiahometour.org.
Gather the family and attend our Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 7 from 7-8:30. Ice cream with lots of toppings, sauces, and whipped cream will be available. Cost is only $2 per person or $5 per family.
Howard County is midway through its countywide rezoning process. This is an opportunity for property owners to request a different zoning classification for their properties. The owners of several properties in and around the village have requested new zoning. You may notice the signs placed at various locations:
The property on the east side of Cedar Lane between Owen Brown Road and Freetown Road was considered for rezoning ten years ago. At that time, the zoning was changed to R-SC which is a residential zone that allows attached housing. The owners have requested that the property be rezoned to POR which allows office and institutional uses such as Lorien/Harmony Hall across the street. This request matches the suggestion made by the Hickory Ridge Village Center Community Plan that was adopted by the village in December 2011.
A parcel on Harriet Tubman Lane near the Beth Shalom Congregation was previously approved for attached senior housing that was never built. The owner is requesting that the zoning be changed to allow market rate townhouses on the property. This would increase the number of units from 20 to 24.
Three properties on Grace Drive near Cedar Lane have requested rezoning. Two of the properties are owned by W R Grace and are currently zoned residential. Grace would like to change the zoning to PEC which is the same zoning as the rest of the Grace parcel. The third parcel was the site of an approved conditional use for a church that was never built. It is currently zoned residential. The owner of that property would like to change the zoning to POR to allow an office building with a restaurant on the first floor.
The Planning Board conducted public hearings on the proposed changes and made recommendations to the County Council for final consideration. The County Council has scheduled its own public hearings on the proposed changes. If you have questions about the process, please see the county website at www.howardcountymd.gov/compzoning or call Joan at the village office for more information.
Seventh Day Adventist property
Recently, a county sign advertising BA-13008 has been placed on the 7th Day Adventists property on Martin Road for a meeting of the Hearing Examiner scheduled for June 17, at 6: pm at the George Howard Building.
The purpose of the hearing is to extend the timeline of an already approved master plan for additions to the school on the site. The original plan was approved in 2001 for a four-phase project to enlarge the existing school. Since that time, Phase One and Phase Two have been completed. The school is getting ready to submit plans for the Phase Three construction of a building addition for space for the kindergarten and pre-K enrollment. However, the time limit for completion of the original plan has nearly expired. The current submission will be a request to extend the deadline for final completion of the master plan.
The actual construction will likely not take place for a year or two. The footprint of the new building will be in the area of the site that currently houses a portable classroom. The portable will be removed and the addition will take its place.
Beth Shalom Synagogue
Beth Shalom Synagogue on Harriet Tubman Lane near Freetown Road recently hosted an informational meeting to let the community know of its intention to request permission to add a second relocatable classroom on its property. The classroom will be on the south side of building near the public garden plots and practically invisible from the road. No others changes are proposed to the property.
Poplar Glen Apartments
Poplar Glen Apartments recently received approval to change the signage on their property. This is part of the updating of the entire property.
Many people are wondering about the tree removal at the Poplar Glen Apartments on Little Patuxent Parkway near Dark Fire Way in Clary’s Forest. Poplar Glen received approval from our village Resident Architectural Committee in February of 2011 to construct a community building for their residents. They also received all county approvals to do the work. As part of the construction, it was necessary to remove a number of trees. County Environmental and Reforestation regulations will require that the area be re-landscaped once the new building is completed.
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