County OKs up­dated comp plan

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

Amy More­dock reads from the Kent County Com­pre­hen­sive Plan, as the com­mis­sion­ers dis­cuss ed­its to the text Tues­day.

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