If you are new to our expansion plans, please see our page Introducing Ready
Current status: Our FDP appeal hearing on January 11, 2017 was postponed to allow the hearing to be conducted on dates in close proximity. Our next hearing dates were months away, making the early testimony disjointed and harder to recall. Our new dates are April 19, 20, 26, 27 and (if needed a date between May 2nd and 4th). This postponement does not impact the timing of completion of the FDP hearing.
We currently do not have a date from the Circuit Court for the Development Plan appeal.
Brief history: The Administrative Law Judge hearing was completed over four days in early 2016. The ALJ ruled favorably! On the last day of the appeal window, the opposing counsel filed a request to have the argument “reconsidered”, stalling the process. The ALJ reconsidered the ruling and, in April 2016, ruled favorably for the church a second time. Again on the last day of the appeal window, three neighbor families filed an appeal.
The appeal led to two hearings with the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. The first, for the Development Plan, was held in July, 2016 and the ALJ decision was upheld by the board on August 25. This decision has now been appealed to Circuit Court by the same 3 neighbors, where it will be heard in winter/early spring 2017.
For the second stream (the FDP), Hunt Valley Church made arguments to dismiss the appeal. We argued that the FDP process does not apply to our Development Plan and, therefore, there is no reason for a FDP hearing and no grounds for appeal. A public deliberation was held on October 19th where the Board of Appeals decided that the legislation was unclear and denied HVC’s motion to dismiss – even though they admitted that the FDP appeal process would be costly and repetitive. The FDP hearing will likely take several hearing dates to complete.
Be sure to walk our prayer path around the property. The wooden stakes from many of the prior path-walkers have been used to create a new Welcome sign in the lobby…your prayers will greet new visitors “first thing”!
Architectural and Bid Process
The “final permit” architectural plans are complete and ready for the General Contractor selection pending the permitting process. A large group of contractors provided qualification documents in 2016 and were narrowed to a small group who will be issued the plans for bid once we have permit approval.
If you have not seen them, be sure to view the interior concept “walk-through” videos which were shown during Sunday worship services in late 2015.
Our existing zoning was upheld in the 2016 CZMP process and remains suitable for our expansion!
Ready-2 moved our commitment from $5.8M to $6.3M, much of which has already been received. This front-loaded commitment has allowed us to pay vendors for architectural work and legal fees without additional loans, and we were able to completely pay off our mortgage, yielding additional savings in interest prior to construction.
You can still be part of the work God is doing at HVC! If you would like to contribute, pick up a Commitment Card at our Welcome Center in the lobby, or send an email to our Finance Office.
Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to uphold this process before the Lord.
My Heart is ready. Oh God, My heart is ready. Psalm 57:7