"Being from Anne Arundel County and a District 7 constituent, I know that you are aware of the citizens' desire to keep development to a minimum and to preserve the rural look and feel of our community," Walker wrote.
The state bought 3.94 acres adjoining the intersection from the Scible family using eminent domain powers more than 50 years ago. It was to be used for a ramp to Route 50, but no ramp was built. The family has continued to farm the land, as permitted under the contract, in the years since.
In the 1990s SHA wanted to erect a smaller salt dome but the community, led by then Del. Marsha Perry, resisted and won. Saab referred to that fight in his letter to Hogan.
"It wasn't right then, and it still isn't right now," he wrote.
Surplusing this property back to the Scibles will prevent future generations form enduring a similar fight with their state government," Walker wrote.
"That's excellent," Betsy Scible said. "I can't help but have hope that with political leaders on our side they can solve this issue for all of us."
The Scible's Y Worry Farm includes a popular pumpkin patch and Christmas tree stand and Scible has said the salt facility would likely kill that business.
Walker added a personal note in his letter, saying his son Andrew "picks pumpkins there every year.
"It would certainly be a disappointment to my 8-year-old if I had to tell him there would be no more pumpkin patch."