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By ERICA MITRANOStaff writer

A light-rail link remains Charles County’s No. 1 transportation priority in a letter to be sent to the Maryland Department of Transportation seeking state funding for projects.

The Charles County commissioners reviewed the letter at their Tuesday meeting. They will vote on it March 6, after discussing it with the county’s state legislative delegation the day before.

The second request was help building an expansion to or bypass of U.S. 301 in Waldorf and White Plains, due to frequent traffic jams and because “this corridor is also experiencing substantial increases in traffic as [an] alternative route to Interstate 95,” according to the letter.

The letter asks the state to finish studying the matter.

Among several lower priorities, the letter requests interim improvements to U.S. 301, including intersection upgrades at Leonardtown Road and Mattawoman-Beantown Road in Waldorf; changes to Leonardtown Road and Old Washington Road to make them more amenable to pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit; and more commuter bus service.

A few requests were aimed at revitalizing the expansion of Old Leonardtown Road in Hughesville to beautify the area and add street parking, a measure intended to help small businesses in a town ailing since the Hughesville bypass directed commuter traffic around the town.

Draft development agreement moves to hearing

A public hearing on a draft template for developers rights and responsibilities agreements will be held 5:30 p.m. March 13 at the county government building in La Plata.

A possible objection to the template is that, as written, it does not guarantee that the laws in place when an agreement is signed continue to govern the project through completion, County Attorney Barbara L. Holtz said.

The intent of a DRRA is “it is a grandfathering document, if you will,” but the current language could allow changes to the Charles County Comprehensive Plan, for example, to affect projects already under way, she said.

The draft template is on the county government’s website.

To read it, go to www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf, click “enter public site,” click the “meetings” tab, click “Feb. 28,” click “view the agenda,” then scroll down the left-hand window and select item 4.05. The link “DRRA Template 2.pdf” will then appear in the window on the right hand side.