Miller and Smith is pleased to announce its newest community, the 262-acre property which has recently been approved for annexation into the historic Town of New Market in Frederick County, Maryland. The property is situated on the north side of I-70 just west of the I-75 exit, along Boyers Mill Road. Miller and Smith has begun the Planned Development District-process that will allow for the creation of an upscale residential community, called Calumet.
The development of Calumet will facilitate the funding of much needed road network improvements as well as funds for additional school construction. Below in our “Frequently Asked Questions” section, you will find more detailed information on all of the components of this proposed community. You can also find links to the official annexation documentation and exhibits for the Planned Development District application in the box to the right.
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Why did the Town of New Market annex the Calumet Property and the Delaplaine Property?
The Calumet and Delaplaine annexations added 396 acres of County land into the corporate limits of the Town of New Market. The properties are now subject to the Town’s procedures and guidelines. The 262-acre annexation allows for the creation of the proposed 925-home residential neighborhood called Calumet. The 134-acre annexation of the Delaplaine property will provide for development under the Town’s Economic Development Flex Zone. Together, these properties provide the land, financial security and funding for the construction of the long-needed, planned and awaited bypass, an extension of existing Mussetter Road, to relieve traffic congestion on Main Street.
How will the Town maintain its character and integrity with the expansion?
“Since its humble beginnings more than 200 years ago, one thing remains the same about historic New Market, Maryland…it’s the one place you will always feel welcome.” –Town of New Market
Miller and Smith understands the importance of this statement to the Town’s leaders and citizens and will make every effort to develop responsibly, balance growth and ensure a continued harmony with the natural landscape. From start to finish, we will work with the Town, the County and, most importantly, the residents and neighboring communities to ensure that Calumet reflects the values of New Market. To ensure this happens, extensive review and approvals will be required by both the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Furthermore, all new homes will adhere to the Town’s architectural guidelines and be subject to the review and approval of the Architectural Review Committee / Historic District Commission.
When will home and bypass construction begin?
That is a very difficult question to answer so early in the entitlement and development process. Miller and Smith is anxious to proceed with this beautiful new community and we intend to move forward with the project promptly. However, the development review and approval process takes time. Depending on government agency approvals and processes, it will likely be several years before construction of new homes and the bypass will be underway. The Calumet Property is currently zoned R-2 and, as a requirement of the annexation, Miller and Smith will undergo the rigorous application and review process for a Planned Development District (PDD) Floating Zone (PDD is the Town’s equivalent to the County’s Planned Unit Development or PUD). If the PDD is approved for the Calumet Property, Miller and Smith would then commence the Master Plan process, followed by Preliminary Subdivision Plan process, followed by the Site Plan process, then Improvement Plans, Final Subdivision Plats, and, finally, grading and building permits.
Each successive application requires additional detail for both on-site and off-site improvements. All of these applications will be open to public review and will require coordination with Town staff and allow for community input. Many, if not all, of these applications will require the approval of multiple Town entities including the Town Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and, in certain cases, Architectural Review Committee. There will be several required public meetings and hearings. Additionally, there will be multiple other County and State approvals and permits required during the process.
New Market is poised to dramatically increase the number of residents with the addition of the Calumet neighborhood. How exactly will this benefit the surrounding communities?
Miller and Smith is excited to partner with the residents of New Market, Town leaders and Frederick County officials in bringing a new residential community to the New Market region. Calumet will offer significant economic benefits to the Town and, in turn, improve the quality of life for the residents of New Market.
Those quality of life benefits include:
A New Bypass = Less Traffic for New Market Residents!
To support the growing community and to address existing traffic concerns, Miller and Smith is designing, permitting, bonding and constructing the new bypass to alleviate ever increasing traffic on Main Street. The design and construction is 100% private developer-funded. The Town has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Frederick County for ownership and maintenance of the new bypass, further limiting the Town’s future obligations.
Funding for New Schools
At the anticipated density, Calumet will contribute more than $18 million to school construction in the area. Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) already owns an elementary school site within walking distance to Calumet. In addition, the owners of the Blentlinger Property, adjacent to the Calumet community, committed to the dedication of the 24.5-acre middle school site as part of their Phase I PUD-approval. These proposed schools will benefit all County residents and further enhance the quality of life in the Town and region of New Market.
Better Access to Recreational Fields
With the new bypass in place, residents can enjoy improved pedestrian and vehicular access to the popular and heavily used recreational fields: Linganore, Oakdale, Urbana Youth Athletic Association, Inc. (LOUYAA). This improved access will help to alleviate congestion on existing residential streets.
Not only can the Town provide more services for all of its residents, but the increased revenue from Calumet and the development of the Delaplaine Property under the Economic Development Flex Zoning allows the Town to provide better services to all residents. Extension of public water, sewer and other utilities into the new Town limits will all be developer-funded.
For the Town’s small businesses and the opportunity to reinvigorate Main Street!
New job opportunities within the Delaplaine Property will allow New Market area residents the opportunity to work near where they live and play.
How is the annexation and new community going to affect New Market financially?
Calumet will pay for itself and, the Town will see a net financial benefit of more than $334,000 per year. The additional revenue will greatly increase the Town’s savings for unexpected expenses and enhancing existing Town services.
The Town’s commercial tax base will be significantly enhanced by the development of the employment and economic center on the Delaplaine Property.
For more specific information on how Calumet add revenue to the Town’s operating budget, we encourage you to take a look at the Calumet Fiscal Town Memo, prepared by Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell.
How will the addition of the new community affect the traffic situation on Main Street and in the surrounding communities?
In short, the annexation will improve the traffic situation in New Market and surrounding areas. The new bypass will be 100% funded by Miller and Smith. The new bypass will also provide better access to the LOUYAA fields for community and recreational events, and for commuters heading east or west on I-70. Miller and Smith is also excited for the opportunity to partner with the County’s Boyers Mill Road CIP project, slated for construction over the next four years. These are huge improvements from past proposals and will certainly alleviate congestion on New Market’s Main Street.
This relieved traffic pressure, coupled with the completion of the SHA Streetscape Program, will provide the perfect environment for the renewed viability of New Market’s Historic District.
What improvements are proposed on Route 75?
Route 75 is a state highway. At the appropriate time in the development review, the State Highway Administration (in consultation with the Town and the County) will determine the improvements to Route 75 that will be required of Miller and Smith to connect the new bypass. This is an iterative process and traffic scoping will begin as part of the PDD application and will be refined throughout the preliminary plan approval process. During this time, the Town, in conjunction with the State Highway Administration, will agree upon a scope of work and required traffic studies. The offsite improvements to Route 75 that will be required of Miller and Smith in order to mitigate any traffic impact that is determined to be a result from the annexations will be determined at that time.
What is the environmental impact of the annexation, the new bypass Calumet?
Miller and Smith will be utilizing Environmental Site Design to the Maximum Extent Practical to ensure that any environmental impacts are minimized. Permitting for the new bypass will include review by the Town, the County, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Historic Trust, Army Corps of Engineers and other local and state agencies to ensure that all environmental requirements are adhered to.
Who is Miller & Smith?
Founded in 1964, Miller and Smith is a privately-owned builder and developer who is active in both residential and commercial real estate, and has earned a reputation for creating innovative and imaginative homes and communities. Miller and Smith’s communities and homes have earned many awards for design, architecture, land planning, and environmental protection. One of the largest private homebuilders in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, Miller and Smith has built more than 5,400 single family homes, 8,800 townhomes, and 2,125 condominiums and developed 12,700 home sites in 92 communities throughout Maryland, Virginia and Delaware and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Miller & Smith is currently constructing homes in the Orchard community within the Town of New Market. For more information about Miller & Smith or Calumet, visit www.millerandsmithcompanies.com, email [email protected] or call (703) 821-2500, ext 240.
News & Updates
New Market Planning and Zoning Commission
General Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Review of Calumet Master Plan – Decision