County OKs updated comp plan
CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Commissioners approved the comprehensive plan Tuesday, officially setting the county’s direction for future land use and development. Commissioner Ron Fithian said that the county received a letter from the Town of Millington, along with a few other property owners in the area, about editing language in the plan before its adoption. Richardson Properties Corp., a real estate company from Chester Heights, Pa., submitted a written letter for changes to the text of the plan. The letter identifies Russ Richardson as the owner of more than 400 acres of land near U.S. Route 301, and calls for the plan to reflect the potential growth of the area. Joseph W. Smith, who also owns land around Route 301, said the plan should reflect Millington’s prospective growth. Planning, Housing and Zoning Director Amy Moredock said the Kent County Planning Commission received similar requests about altering the language in the comprehensive plan. Moredock said the commission had proposed edits the economy section of the to plan’s language, which deals with development, to address the points raised in the letters. “’These efforts will especially focus on the Worton area and the U.S. 301 corridor with the priority that the area between the town of Millington and the land surrounding the (state) Route 291-Route 301 intersection,
be guided by the desired expansion of services and land use, identified in Millington’s Municipal Growth Element,” Moredock said. Moredock said that the county’s vision is to not develop the corridor with housing. She said that the statement would have to be deleted. She also said there should be the addition of language to the transportation section of the plan dealing with growth in the town near the corridor. “We’ve tried to be flexible in that 301 corridor. We’ve adopted text amendments, so there’s been a real effort on the county’s part to satisfy a kind of elusive need in that area,” Moredock said. “Clearly with the evolution of the Town of Millington’s vision, that evolution has become a lot more clear as to what would be the most logical fit.” William Pickrum, president of the commissioners, brought up a section of the plan that stated Kent County had retained its character at the cost of job opportunities for young citizens. “I think that the comprehensive plan and documents like it should be a positive not a negative statement dealing with how we look at our character,” Pickrum said. “There is not a cost depending on your perspective.” The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Kent County Comprehensive Plan, with its proposed edits.
Amy Moredock reads from the Kent County Comprehensive Plan, as the commissioners discuss edits to the text Tuesday.