Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Reimagining Carter Farm, Centreville


Carter_aerial_roads-grayThe Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) has worked since 1990 to preserve and sustain the communities of the Eastern Shore, and the lands and waters that connect them.  Toward this mission, we have helped protect over 57,000 acres of prime agricultural and natural lands, which in partnership with other conservation efforts means nearly a quarter of our rural lands are protected.  More recently, ESLC launched a program called the Center for Towns that endeavors to provide support and actions that help advance our region’s small towns as strong, vibrant, and well-defined places.

From this lens of growing strong small towns, ESLC views the development of the Carter Farm as one of the most important opportunities that exists for growing a vibrant Centreville.  The Carter Farm is an approximately 72 acre site comprised of two parcels in Centreville, Maryland.  The properties, currently zoned for residential development with an approved 138 unit subdivision, include a mix of open field and forested land in the Critical Area.

After nearly two decades of interest, ESLC has secured a six-month option to purchase the properties.  Our goal during the next six-months is to allow for a community visioning and transparent public process, creation of a set of criteria and performance standards for future development, and development of a master plan that incorporates protection of natural features while supporting development that is consistent with the scale, pace and character of Centreville.

In addition to public input, we will work with renowned design and development professionals, to generate ideas and innovations that can help make this project design a valuable asset for the Centreville community. Soft crab hiding in eel grass, Smith Island, MDWhile we are working towards a more determinant vision, we will be considering long-term impacts for Centreville, connection and value to the full community, connectivity and transportation, environmental protection, and public access.  Preliminary ideas include leveraging off public access connections with the emerging trail system around Town, opening up views of the Corsica River where possible, inviting Town residents and visitors onto the Carter property as a hub of commercial and community activities, and sensitively splicing in housing to add to a core of downtown energy.

We believe the Carter Farm represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for revitalization and economic development in downtown Centreville, and look forward to working with the community to build a vision.  To share your thoughts on the future of the Carter Farm, please comment below.

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  • David Ferraris

    This is a perfect example of the type of smart growth project that Eastern Shore towns desperately need. Good work ESLC!

  • Rachel Roman

    What an exciting project for Centreville! It’s great that this project is in the hands of ESLC and will be developed in a smart and sustainable way.

  • Kara

    I look forward to seeing and being involved in the process of this project! We are looking to purchase a home again in a few years and would love a new one. We would love to pick an older historical home in town but we would never have the buget for that, unfortunately. I have been trying to keep up and follow the Carter Farms project but haven’t seen much news lately. I think I found the place to go!

  • Kara Luthardt

    I look forward to seeing and being involved in the process of this project! We are looking to purchase a home again in a few years and would love a new one. We would love to pick an older historical home in town but we would never have the buget for that, unfortunately. I have been trying to keep up and follow the Carter Farms project but haven’t seen much news lately. I think I found the place to go!

  • Andrea Jarrard

    I know many of my neighbors don’t want to see that area developed at all, but if it is going to be, is more housing for people who can only afford it by finding work across the bridge really what Centerville needs? Centreville is a great town for families with young children, but it seems like what the town is really missing is something that targets the 18-25 year old demographic while still appealing to families. I would love to see the walking trails expanded, giving more water access to the community without damaging environmentally sensitive areas too much. But along with those trails, what about an outdoor concert/event venue? Maybe a screen included for weekend movie nights in the park. It could be done in an environmentally sensitive manner. Noise would be a concern for me as I live on Chesterfield, but I think there would be ways to manage it. I also think that area could support another bar/grille, especially if it becomes an entertainment district for Centerville. I also see a need for some more affordable housing that could be a part of the development. I know traffic is a concern of my fellow Chesterfield neighbors, but I think it would be less traffic with this type of development than with just residential.

  • Elaine

    Here Here! I would like to see this development attract our missing demographic of Millennials. They bring work/life balance to the community, a love of the outdoors, a willingness to give back and a great community spirit. Centreville needs this important demographic as part of our revitalization.

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