Site Plans for the Renaissance Festival’s Potential Move to Lothian Ahead of Tuesday’s Meeting

UPDATE: June 10, 2014 – attached is the findings and recommendation document from planning and zoning. Please note that even though the planning officer has recommended for denial, the applicants have a hearing on Thursday morning and have an opportunity to sway the hearing officer to ignore the recommendation and move forward with the special exception. Here is the planning document:

ORIGINAL STORY: June 9, 2014 – Ahead of Tuesday’s community meeting for the Renaissance Festival’s potential relocation to the Bristol community in Lothian, the South River Source has acquired the site plans that outline land use for the property. They are attached below as PDFs.

As a refresher, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, currently located in Crownsville, is looking at a 225-acre parcel of land along Upper and Lower Pindell Road in Lothian as the site for relocation. A hearing to grant a special exception use for the property (zoned RA) is set for Thursday (June 12) at 9:30 a.m. at Anne Arundel County Council Chambers in the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

Concerned citizens from the community will hold a public meeting with County Councilman Jerry Walker and county zoning experts on Tuesday (June 10) at 7 p.m. at Southern Middle School in Lothian. Also at the meeting, the community will be updated on the Riverdale Baptist Church property, also in Lothian. The meeting is being sponsored by the Lothian Civic Association and the Bristol Civic Association.

Among other things, Richard Price, vice president of the Bristol Civic Association, said that he is concerned about the impact on traffic along Route 4 and Upper and Lower Pindell Roads. Currently, the Renaissance Festival lures about 15,000 visitors each weekend from August to October on its 25-acre site in Crownsville, for a total of about 300,000 visitors a season.

The plans for the Lothian site have expanded the footprint of the festival grounds to nearly double in size, which could increase that visitor total.

Price and other neighbors in the Bristol community have also expressed concerns about the environmental impacts on Jug Bay and the Patuxent watershed.

If you can not attend the June 12 hearing, but would like to submit testimony to planners, you can email comments to: Mr. Robert Konowal. Testimony must be submitted prior to the June 12 hearing.

The following documents have been filed with the county:





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