Thursday, November 17, 2016

Overview: Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) Recommendations

One of the topics of the November meeting of the Southern Howard County Civic Association (SHCCA) covered the recommendations provided to the Howard County Executive by a task force convened in 2015 to consider changes to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO).

APFO was enacted in 1992 to slow the exploding growth of housing in Howard County, and to ensure that public infrastructure (schools and roads) were capable of handling growth.

It defines criteria ("tests") for determining when developers must provide funds or mitigations to prevent school overcrowding and road congestion.

There wasn't sufficient time to completely cover the topic, but highlights are provided below and Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) Jeff Bronow is willing to meet with the community again if there is interest.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Minutes: Autumn Walk HOA Annual Meeting and Election Results (11/7/16)

Autumn Walk held its Annual Meeting on November 7, 2016 in the Emerson Clubhouse.

  • FY17 Budget Adopted
  • Monument Sign for Autumn Walk Entrance
  • Maintaining Community Engagement
    • Welcome Wagon
    • Contact Information
    • Flamingo Fridays and Events
  • Yard Maintenance Issues
  • Solar Panels
  • New Board Member Elected

Autumn Walk Halloween Block Party 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Autumn Walk Halloween Block Party! There was steady stream of visitors all night and a surge when all of our trick-or-treaters returned with their loot candy.

And special thanks go out to the hosts, Allie Stegner and Daphna Morgan, and to everyone who entered the chili contest and pumpkin carving contest. There were three vegetarian chilis, five meat chilis, and nine pumpkins! (Plus an anniversary cake!)

The crowd came out in force even on a school night, and it was great to see both old and new neighbors, as well as friends from other neighborhoods.

Top vote-getters were:
  • Meat Chili: Allie Stegner
  • Vegetarian Chili: Jamie Humphreys
  • Pumpkin: Niki Patel (Pirate Flag Pumpkin)
But all of the chilis were delicious and the pumpkins were works of art. It was hard having to choose!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pink Flamingos Cryin' in the Rain

Well, probably many of you won't get the Willie Nelson song reference, but it was raining when these pictures were taken today...anyway the forecast is for it to be dry this Friday (November 11th), when Bindu and Dharmesh will be hosting Flamingo Friday at their house (9811)!

The Flamingo is your invitation to "come on down"! Please come out if only for a short while to say hello to your neighbors.

These are super casual get-togethers that just allow everyone to mingle and get to know others in the community.

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Bindu and Dharmesh's house (9811)

More information about Flamingo Fridays is on our web site, but typically the host provides drinks and everything else is variable.

Sometimes people bring snacks or appetizers too, but this is really just about the chance to meet your neighbors face-to-face and be part of a community.