Proposed 232 Acre Development Site

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The approximately 232 acres composing the former Chestnut Ridge Country Club sit approximately 100 yards below the divide on Chestnut Ridge between the Jones Falls and Gunpowder Watersheds. Waters on the north side of the ridge flow towards the Gunpowder, and those on the south side flow towards the Jones Falls Watershed, thus making the former Chestnut Ridge Country Club one of the headwaters to the Jones Falls Watershed. The Baltimore County GIS maps reflect five sets of ponds, the tributaries of which flow through Greenspring Valley and join other stream systems emanating from the western edge of the Chestnut Ridge tract after which they flow downward to Greenspring Valley through a valley. Along the way, the stream, known as Dipping Pond Run, is joined by other streams. As the stream system leaves the Chestnut Ridge tract and becomes Dipping Pond Run, it enters a wooded valley with a level valley floor and steep elevation drops on the sides of the valley. As Dipping Pond Run continues southward, it enters into a narrow gorge that the stream has cut through the rock structures. The gorge has several pristine waterfalls. The stream flows into an RC-2 zone (agricultural) in Greenspring Valley. According to a Maryland Department of Natural Resources survey, Dipping Pond Run is the last trout-populated stream in the Jones Falls Watershed. One is able to hike along the upper tributaries and down to the woods south of the Chestnut Ridge tract all the way to Greenspring Valley.

To learn more about the environmental impact and environmental issues, please review these maps and the 7-page community environmental analysis of the impact of the potential development on the ecosystem and Dipping Pond Run. Also, please look at the CZMP staff review comments, and updated comments, concluding that down-zoning would limit potential impacts to the aquatic community and trout resources downstream, would limit increased pollution loads from future development and would continue to achieve the nutrient and sediment reduction needed for the Chesapeake Bay.

County Environmental Map of Development Site

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