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$10 Million May Be Available for Odenton Improvements

Impact fees from development in the area could be directed to infrastructure upgrades, but the community and business leaders must decide on priorities.

In an age where cash is scarce, business and community leaders in Odenton said there could be as much as $10 million to spend on upgrades to roads and other needs in the area. 

But that cash could go elsewhere unless local leaders let county officials know they want it spent here.

Recent development projects in Odenton have generated millions of dollars in impact fees, which are set aside for infrastructure improvements. It's cash that is desperately needed in Odenton as the town deals with big population growth and increasing traffic. Business and community leaders said they are now working to identify specific projects that could be helped by those impact fee dollars. 

"We have to be aggressive about creating a list of projects that are fundable," said Claire Louder, president of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

Officials recently learned that there could be as much as $10 million to spend, but that money could be spent anywhere in Odenton's impact fee zone—an area that includes most of west Anne Arundel County, with the exception of the Arundel Mills area.

Recent legislation passed by the county council gives Odenton priority for any money it raises through impact fees, but the county is still permitted to spend it anywhere in the impact fee zone. (There are seven impact fee zones countywide.)

Louder said one obstacle to putting the money to use here in Odenton is that there are currently no local projects included in the county's capital budget. She said that realistically, projects for Odenton won't be included until the budget for fiscal year 2015. 

The list of projects would likely be crafted by members of the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committe to appear in its annual report, which would be published sometime next summer.

"This year's budget window is closed," committee chairman James Fraser said. "So, we are going to focus on making the priority list for the next annual report as useful as possible with specific 'bite size' pieces that can be funded from this source."

Some possible projects in Odenton include intersection upgrades along Route 175, changes to road patterns near new development projects and accommodations for public transit. 

Zig November 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Public water for businesses between Charter Oaks and Reece. All businesses there have not been provided public water service by the county.
EA November 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Public transit, road upgrades, and an Odenton park!
Carol B November 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
A commuter bus system that stops in Odenton and goes to DC--expansion of the existing free MARC parking lot out to the recently-vacated contiguous land on 175; construction of multilevel MARC parking of the kind they have in New Carrollton or Springfield, VA (with security cameras and personnel to monitor them). Road and traffic-pattern improvements to accommodate all these new residents. A well-maintained town doggie park, recreation field, and walking trail.
BadStatistics November 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Wait...why would they put a commuter bus that goes from DC to Odenton at the MARC rail station? The station sends trains to DC every 20 minutes during regular working hours.
Piney Orchard Pete November 29, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Maybe they could use some of the money to fix the monument at the Roundabout on Piney Orchard Parkway since the inept Board of Directors of the Piney Orchard Community Association has once again completely FUBAR'd the situation. Just sayin'...
Laurie November 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Odenton is practically having an accident every other day now due to the increased traffic from the new apartments and Patient First. Once the CVS and that other medical building open it will be a real zoo. That million dollar circle isn't working. People fly through it. It's like playing a video game. I'd call it a slingshot instead of a circle. New traffic patterns with traffic lights are a must.
Laurie November 29, 2012 at 08:18 PM
There is enough crime in Odenton without busing more in.
Odenton Guy November 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
There used to be lights at that intersection. I am actually okay with traffic circles it's just too many people have no idea how to negotiate them.
Edward Charles November 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Unfortunately for the human race, common sense, good taste, and intelligence can't be legislated. The first rule of traffic engineering: If it can be done it will be done.

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