Lexington Park Plan to be Unveiled

September 12, 2011

On September 29, the plan for the future of Lexington Park will be unveiled at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department located at 46900 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited and strongly encouraged to attend this last informal meeting prior to the anticipated public hearings that will begin in early 2012 regarding the Lexington Park Development District Master
Plan Update.

In a May 2011 workshop, 130 attendees were asked, “What statement of possibility can you make about the Development District that has the power to transform or inspire the community”? Answers included words like “family-centered,” “beautiful,” “fun,” “offering more cultural events,” “walkable,” and “safe.” The priority — create a new town center at the core of Lexington Park. At a June 2011 workshop, attendees studied three optional plans for a new town center and provided suggestions. At a public meeting held in August 2011, the vision for a new town center was re-affirmed, and more ideas were offered for shaping it.

At the upcoming September 29th meeting, the Jakubiak planning team will present a draft plan that will show how the core of Lexington Park could become a people-friendly town center. It will show how Nicolet Park could be connected into that town center, how a new neighborhood of market-rate housing near the town center can be created, how and where a new village green could be established, a better arrangement of shops and restaurants, and how the street system can take the form and function of a vibrant walkable town.

The plan will promote the well being of residents, visitors and local business owners through development and business incentives, flexible regulations, new housing policies, increased policing, improved security, safety, and property maintenance and will show a gateway development district at the intersection of Chancellors Run Road and Great Mills Road. It will illustrate how the recent commercial shopping centers along Three Notch Road (MD 235) could be in-filled and connected to each other and to area neighborhoods. The plan has a 20+ year vision and will recommend immediate as well as long-term changes.

For more information about the Lexington Park Development District Master Plan, contact Jeff Jackman, Senior Planner with St. Mary’s County Land Use and Growth Management, at (301) 475-4200, ext. 1541.