VOU Residents Working to Ensure Safe Streets
As the Villages of Urbana (VOU) community has grown, so have safety concerns. A group of residents formed the Safe Streets Urbana committee to improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on neighborhood streets. At the committee’s latest June 15 meeting, many issues were discussed, including FCPS bus transportation, the history of Worthington traffic calming, the status of raised crosswalks and some of the latest traffic improvements in the neighborhood.
Meeting minutes and traffic safety contacts are available on the group’s Facebook page. Search “Safe Streets Urbana” and request to join the group page or email email@example.com.
Specific traffic concerns discussed included
- the installation of a traffic signal at Lew Wallace and Worthington—anticipated sometime between Labor Day 2019 and the start of the 2020-21 school year (Frederick County Public Schools is responsible for this light);
- the installation of a traffic signal at Carriage Hill and Fingerboard—now pending design application (Natelli is responsible for this light and road widening for Fingerboard);
- the installation of a crosswalk and raised speed hump at the intersection of Carriage Hill Drive and Carriage Hill Street near the Goddard School, to be complete before the start of the 2019-2020 school year;
- request for extension of the asphalt path along Bealls Farm Road into the park;
- request for evaluation of the intersection at Sugarloaf and Hartwick/Shaw Field Lane where many students cross without a crosswalk and the speed limit is 35 mph;
- educating students on pedestrian and bicyclist safety during the first week of school in September; and
- raising driver awareness to improve safety for students walking and bicycling to school.
The group also hopes to advocate for more speed signs, such as on Worthington between the Urbana District Park and the Stone Barn community/Timber Green Drive and as cars come up Carriage Hill to the Goddard School, looking to exit the Villages at Fingerboard Road. Reducing speed limits on neighborhood roads, such as Addison Woods where it is 35 mph, is also being considered.
Residents are encouraged to call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office main number, 301.600.1046, with unsafe driving incidents and traffic safety concerns. The Sheriff’s Office needs a specific location, date and time of day of incidents.
Office Building Coming to Urbana Pike
The Planning Commission gave unanimous approval June 12 to the Urbana One, LLC Concept Site Plan for a new two-story, 7,396-square-foot office building on Urbana Pike, to be located across the street from Casa Bella Commons. A renovated garage and modest 1950s home are currently on the .45-acre site. The garage will be expanded forward toward Urbana Pike and then turn toward the current house location to form an “L”-shaped building with interior court.
The Villages of Urbana (VOU) Mantz Lane leads directly to the back end of the site. A sidewalk will be added to the site to promote pedestrian access from the VOU/Mantz Lane to Urbana Pike, with a well-marked crosswalk added mid-block so pedestrians can safely cross to Casa Bella Commons and Urbana Elementary.
Redistricting Affects Landsdale
Both options A and B show students in the Landsdale Monrovia development being redistricted to Linganore High School. The change will more than double drive time for Landsdale students. For other proposed changes, visit www.facebook.com/LOURedistrict.
The Board of Education will hold public hearings on Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at Urbana High School; Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Linganore High School; and Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at Oakdale High School.
Greenbriar Launches Emergency Veterinary Care Fund
All pet families know how awful it is when one of our furry family members are hurting. But this is especially heart-breaking when your pet needs emergency veterinary care that you just can’t afford. Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort, 3051 Thurston Road, recently launched The Paisley Promise Relief Fund to reduce the heartache and provide life-saving treatments when our pets need them, regardless of ability to pay. Visit www.greenbriarpets.com to learn more about the fund.