There is a Developer Cartel campaigning hard to regain control of our county government. For the past year, this cartel has run weekly full page ads in the Update attacking anyone and everyone who stands in their way. Led by Mareen Waterman, the Development Cartel used the so-called Blue Ribbon Panel to prevent Queen Anne’s County citizens’ recommendations from getting into the Comp Plan. They have secured key appointments on the Planning Commission and maintained their network of insider lawyers and cooperating County employees.
Now Mr. Waterman and his fellow developers are using all their money and influence to elect a hand-picked slate of County Commissioners who will do what their cartel wants and that is to give them a free hand to pave our county.
To get some good insight into what the citizens of Queen Anne’s County are up against, let’s take a look (click here) at a recent letter from Mr. Waterman to a fellow developer.
The first paragraph of this letter explains the sole goal of the Developer Cartel, which is greed. Waterman infers to the developer that by gaining control of the Board of County Commissioners he will stand to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In past years these developers enriched themselves handsomely by converting our county’s productive farmland into costly subdivisions. Each of those subdivisions ended up costing the rest of us citizens, more in taxes – taxes to pay for schools, roads, and other infrastructure necessities. It’s always the taxpayer that bears those costs, not the developer.
Mareen Waterman is the Chairman of the Friends of Queen Anne’s County PAC for which he is soliciting funds. Their stated purpose is “Construction/Housing” – check it out: (click here) http://www.elections.state.md.us/campaign_finance/pac_list.html.
The Developer Cartel wants “Construction/Housing” as much and as fast as possible, because it’s good for their profits, not because it’s good for the citizens. The Cartel doesn’t care about over-crowding our award-winning schools. They don’t care about worsening traffic on Kent Island. They don’t care whether farming survives in this County. And they most certainly don’t care about the heavier tax burden that their profiteering imposes on Queen Anne’s County citizens or as they call us, “Conservationists”.
The Developer Cartel’s “right group” is Steve Arentz, Paul Gunther, Phil Dumenil and Dave Olds. To insure the success of their “Developer Four” in the election, the Cartel intends to out-spend “the Conservationists”, their name for the great majority of citizens in this County, as elections, surveys, and comp planning processes have all shown.
Remember when you see the signs, and read the slick brochures and newspaper ads for the “Developer Four” that these candidates are chosen and funded by the Developer Cartel.
There are two distinct sides in this upcoming election. On one side are the Citizens and on the other is the Developer Cartel.
There will be more to come on the Developer Four.