Special Committee Report
July 2015 Newsletter
A Statement of Purpose
Highland Crossroads Association (GHCA) was formed in March 2002. Its founding was spurred
largely by increasing development pressures in our area, and it
continues to represent Highland and rural portions of Fulton and
Clarksville on issues affecting our quality of life. Over the last two
years GHCA has celebrated and highlighted the historic nature of our
The initial focus of the GHCA was the development
on the Northwest Corner of Routes 216 and 108 in the heart of Highland. The developers of this
project are now members of GHCA, and participated in the drafting of
the voluntary design guidelines adopted by the Association. GHCA has also been active
on issues involving traffic, public safety, water quality, zoning and
planning, historic designation and other matters deemed significant by
the Membership. At the request of the Association, the MD SHA conducted
traffic studies and has implemented significant changes including
crosswalks, signaling and signage to promote safer conditions in the
In recent years our efforts have become focused on
preserving and promoting the stated purposes of the Rural Residential
zoning designation (RR). We have identified the increased use of the
Rural Residential/ Density Exchange Option (RR/DEO), and the outmoded
list of permitted “Conditional Uses” as a threat to the rural nature of
our community. GHCA is in favor of removing this option from the RR/DEO
zone in which we live because it is in direct conflict with the stated
purpose of the RR zone: “to allow low density residential development
within a rural environment.” Additionally we propose amending the
conditional use process and eliminating many of the current conditional
uses. To this end GHCA continues to meet with Council Members and the
County Executive on this and other issues affecting greater Highland
such as stricter zoning enforcement, and preserving a safe, adequate
ground water supply.
Members of the GHCA are not opposed to development;
however, they want to see it evolve in a way that compliments the
quality of life in Highland – not compromises it.
pressures in our area are becoming increasingly burdensome and
seriously jeopardize the character of our “still countrified” area of
Your participation and membership is actively
encouraged and appreciated. As
neighbors, we can only help each other if we get to know each other.
This is the principle reason GHCA has assumed the role of organizer for
Highland Day to promote a greater sense of community among all the
residents and the businesses that serve us.
The GHCA meets as necessary on the second Thursday
of the month at 7:00 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at Route 216 and
Hall Shop Road. Meetings
are limited to one hour to encourage the widest possible attendance,
with check in at 6:50.
Our newsletter is published monthly; please leave
your e-mail address at our booth on Highland Day so you
will be kept up-to-date on local matters and advised of meetings. Or
you may e-mail Dan O’Leary at email@example.com.
The Officers and the Board value and appreciate
your continued support.
Dan O’Leary, First Vice President
Mathieu, Second Vice President
Vacant, Highland Day Chair