Crystal Spring is a 111 acre property located at Crystal Spring Farm Road on Forest Drive, near the intersection of Forest Drive and Spa Rd.
The National Lutheran Communities and Services is proposing, as of February 2017, a 440 residential unit Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Citizens are concerned about the proposed destruction of 27 acres of Priority Forest, deemed by Maryland State law to require protection. A second concern is the Traffic impacts on the already congested Forest Drive, and especially the Spa Road intersection.
A project of this magnitude should go thru the usual review process, including public hearings. However, National Lutheran would like to gain its’ approval as a Special Exception, largely avoiding public discussion of citizen concerns.
National Lutheran plans to develop the eastern half of the Crystal Spring property. Lack of public knowledge about how the western half will be developed creates uncertainty and fears of “development creep”.
Please visit STOPcrystalspring.org for more information.