Development Facilitators, Inc. (DFI) provided professional services to Anne Arundel County DPW for the planning, engineering and surveying securing site development plan and subdivision approval for the Anne Arundel County Weinberg Park. The site consisted of 117 acres of land with frontage on the Patapsco River, Wall Cove, Fairview Beach Road and Ft. Smallwood Road (MD Route 173). Using conventional electronic distance measuring theodolites and dual frequency GPS receivers, DFI’s field survey crews completed traverse throughout the property tied to the MD State Grid NAD83 in accordance with the requirements of the MD Minimum Standards of Practice for Land Surveyors. DFI then located all the existing field evidence of property boundaries, both natural (shoreline) and man-made (roads, monuments, fences, utilities) for all the parcels, including the adjoining properties, as related to the property mosaic prepared from the deed information for each property, MSHA plats, subdivision plats, and historical survey records. DFI’s licensed Professional Land Surveyor then determined the boundaries of the subject property based upon this evidence, his professional interpretation and understanding of the record documents.
The Site Development Plan process required DFI to provide extensive coordination and meetings with staff from the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation & Parks, Department of Public Works, and Office of Planning & Zoning to provide a suitable building site for the land property owner of Parcel 16, which Anne Arundel County was relocating with the subject application. Parcel 16 was located in a manner that was completely surrounded by County owned property and in a location that would severely limit the development potential for a County park. A majority of the site was located in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and was classified both LDA and RCA which required State and local jurisdiction approvals.
DFI’s responsibilities to accomplish the task included conceptual designs of the future park development, coordination and approval through the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, preparation of critical area and forest conservation reports, site resource mapping, storm water management design, percolation test for septic design approval through the Anne Arundel County Health Department as well as site plan and subdivision approval through the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation & Parks and Office of Planning & Zoning. The site development plans also required the preparation of erosion and sediment control plans, geotechnical borings for stormwater management, as well as preliminary cost estimates for development. Upon securing approval of all plans from the review agencies, DFI’s survey staff set property markers in the field to permanently establish the new property lines for Parcel 16.