The Indian Head Highway Area Action Council
A Federation of South County Civic, Citizen & Neighborhood Associations
P. O. Box 44013
Fort Washington, Maryland 20749
IHHAAC began life in 1964 as the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council, Inc. A group of civic association officers and activists came together with the goal of protecting and maintaining the low-density of the Indian Head Highway (MD 210) corridor. Today we call that ethic smart, sustainable growth.
For many years most of the population in the area lived in the area west of the highway and east of the Potomac River. As development occurred throughout South County, our membership accompanied that growth. Today IHHAAC is a federation of civic, citizen, and neighborhood associations, civic activists and interested individuals located throughout Councilmanic Districts 8 and 9. We provide information and facilitate networking among civic groups, community activists and individuals concerned about the future of the county in general and of South County in particular, especially those issues which affect our quality of life and property values.
IHHAAC is proactive in monitoring and testifying on: proposed state and local legislation; land use planning, including proposed text amendments to the Master Plan, Sectional Map Amendments, the Transportation Master Plan and the Landscape Manual; and applications before the Planning Board, Subdivision Review, Zoning Hearing Examiner and Board of License Commissioners (includes control of liquor and entertainment licenses). Periodic email Alerts keep our members and friends apprised of important issues.
Perennial issues include: evaluating development proposals for consistency with smart, sustainable growth; supporting environmental stewardship and historic preservation; opposing sprawl and degradation of the rural tier; pressing for enforcement of County property standards and signage regulations; expanding the commercial base around the County’s fifteen Metro stations; opposing licenses for late night entertainment in residential areas; pressing for improvements to the WSSC infrastructure; and more effective stormwater management.
Prince George’s County is facing many challenges. Among these are: setting budget priorities in a time of scarcity; public safety; suburban sprawl; the incursion of inappropriate development into the rural tier; failing education system; inadequate public transit and transportation options; deteriorating roads and bridges; and an employment base insufficient to yield enough tax revenue to overcome the deficits created by residential housing.
The last point is significant because cost-of-services studies in six states show that for every $1.00 in tax revenue (property, income, sales and other taxes) from residential housing, the cost of public services to those residents is as high as $1.67. Conversely, retail, commercial, farm land and open space are the only land uses where tax revenue exceeds the costs of providing public services. In short, every time the county approves building new housing units, it digs itself–us, as taxpayers–deeper into a financial hole.
IHHAAC’s Annual Reports detail our priorities and activities for past years. They are available in our Virtual Library along with other documents, statements, and testimony on current and past issues of interest to the corridor.
If you share our goals, you are invited to join us and many of your neighbors by becoming a member.