Thursday (Sept. 4) TONIGHT! First of Several Appeals Hearings on Renaissance Festival

Jousting at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Jousting at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back on June 12, the Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning administrative hearing officer Douglas Clark Hollman denied a variance request to allow the Maryland Renaissance Festival to relocate to the Lothian community of Bristol. The Renaissance Festival is currently located in Crownsville.

The owners said in their testimony to the hearing officer that they have outgrown the Crownsville site and are looking at a 225-acre parcel of land off of Upper Pindell Road in Lothian. Opponents to the plan said that the festival, to be situated on a parcel zoned RA (Rural Agriculture) would forever alter the rural character of the community as well as cause traffic and environmental problems.

Hollman’s denial came in the form of an 18-page decision that was issued just six days after a day-long hearing in County Council chambers. Read more about the decision here.

The Renaissance Festival owners and the landowner of the parcel filed an appeal in the case, seeking to strike that variance denial. A series of hearings have been scheduled before the Board of Appeals. There are many dates for the appeals because they only meet for limited amounts of time and there are many presentations expected by the appellant, the opponents and Anne Arundel County officials.

The public is invited to attend these Board of Appeals sessions. The first is tonight (Thursday, Sept. 4) at 5:30 p.m. at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis.

The remaining dates (which may or may not all be needed) are at the same location. They are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 .p.m
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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