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Construction UpdateRevised 10/18/2018

Permitting Process

Current status:

Our FDP appeal was completed before the Board of Appeals in April 2017.  On December 8, 2017, we received written deliberations which upheld our case but added several burdensome conditions.  We have since filed a federal appeal against Baltimore County under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) alleging that the conditions restrict our ability to exercise worship.  In parallel, three neighbors filed a FDP appeal to Circuit Court.  HVC has been granted a “stay” from the Circuit Court, placing that appeal on hold until the federal RLUIPA case has completed.

The Development Plan appeal was most recently heard on appeal at the state Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis on September 7, 2018.  We are awaiting a ruling from the Court.

RLUIPA lawsuit – A mediation hearing with the County has been set for October 25, 2018 before the US District Court.

Brief Permit Process History: The Administrative Law Judge hearing (combined FDP and Dev Plan) 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.

The appeal led to two case streams with the Baltimore County Board of Appeals (and subsequently state Circuit Court and Court of Special Appeals).

The first hearing, for the Development Plan, was held in July, 2016 and the ALJ decision was upheld by the board on August 25. This decision was appealed to Circuit Court by the same 3 neighbors, where it was heard May 9, 2017 and the decision was upheld.  The same neighbors appealed yet again to the Court of Special Appeals where it was heard on September 7, 2018.

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 in October 2016 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 took four days to complete in April 2017 after which the Board upheld our decision but placed several restrictions on the church.  HVC has filed a federal lawsuit against the County on RLUIPA grounds.  A FDP appeal was filed by the neighbors to Circuit Court.  In March 2018, a stay was granted on the Circuit Court appeal (halting progression temporarily) pending the outcome of the RLUIPA case.

Civil Lawsuit

The same three neighbors filed a civil lawsuit for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in February 2018, alleging that HVC traffic delays the neighbors access to/from their property “often as long as 20 minutes”.  The neighbors have an easement on HVC property along the west side, of which the 200 feet closest to the road is shared with HVC.  A January 2019 hearing is expected.

Zoning Process

Our existing zoning was upheld in the 2016 CZMP process and remains suitable for our expansion!

Financial Process

 

Ready-2 moved our commitment from $5.8M to $6.3M, 95% has 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.  Expansions to The Point did not utilize READY money.

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.  Be sure to walk our prayer path around the property.  There are prayer suggestions at each station for your convenience.

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.

My Heart is ready.  Oh God, My heart is ready.  Psalm 57:7