Planning Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

AUGUST 16, 2023

 John Hutchison (Chair) called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  In attendance were Commission members Jim Gatto, Cinda Pitcock, Jay Silcox, Heidi Usilton, Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator) and Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk). 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVIEW

David Dahlstrom, the Upper Shore Regional Planner for the Maryland Department of Planning, discussed the Comprehensive Plan update process. He stated that every jurisdiction that has planning and zoning authority in Maryland must adopt a Comprehensive Plan.  This is how the State has given authority to local governments.

Mr. Dahlstrom noted that Maryland’s Land Use Article outlines what the requirements are for a Comprehensive Plan that has various elements which include the Land Use element, Transportation Element, Water Resource Element and Municipal Growth Element. In 2019, the General Assembly passed House Bill 1045, added a new Housing Element. House Bill 1045 states that the Housing Element should address the need for affordable housing, which includes workforce housing, and low-income housing and the element should stipulate goals, objectives, policies, plans and standards.

Mr. Dahlstrom noted that in 2021, House Bill 90 was created and requires all Housing Elements to address fair housing which is defined in the bill as overcoming patterns of segregation, fostering inclusive communities, removing barriers that restrict access to housing and opportunities, addressing the significant disparities in housing needs, replacing segregated living patterns with a balanced pattern, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws.

Mr. Dahlstrom reviewed various elements and areas of interest that could be implemented within the next five-year period. He noted that it is good to dialogue with the citizens, businesses and Kent County to review needs, policies and processes to coordinate and find solutions to local issues.

The Commission discussed the traffic impact on the Chester River Bridge and the need for the bypass.

There was discussion of the process to address 98 Cannon and the impact it has on the Marina.

There being no further business or questions from the audience, Mr. Silcox moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 pm, was seconded by Mr. Gatto and carried unanimously.

 

Submitted by:                                                                         Approved by:

            Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                                   John Hutchison, Chair  

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

AUGUST 16, 2023

 

7:00 p.m. Comprehensive Plan

  1. David Dahlstrom – Comprehensive Plan Update Process

 

7:30 p.m. Regular Meeting

      There are no applications to consider. The time will be used to initiation of the Comprehensive Plan review.

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