Res­i­dents: Be heard on com­pre­hen­sive plan Tues­day

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

This is a re­minder to the res­i­dents of Charles County that your fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to sub­mit com­ments re­gard­ing the Charles County Com­pre­hen­sive Plan will be Tues­day, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the gov­ern­ment building in La Plata. Those wish­ing to ad­dress the com­mis­sion­ers should ar­rive early to sign up to speak.

It has been a while since the com­pre­hen­sive plan dom­i­nated lo­cal head­lines. The plan was re­turned to the Charles County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for re­work­ing and is now be­fore the county com­mis­sion­ers be­fore be­ing sent to the state. It is long over­due in An­napo­lis. The doc­u­ment de­tails plans on how and where the county will grow over the next 10 years. Pre­vi­ous poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing re­sulted in un­bri­dled sprawl, over­crowded schools with fre­quent re­zon­ing, higher taxes, un­be­liev­able traf­fic con­ges­tion, and de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of some of our most trea­sured en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources, such as Mat­ta­woman Creek and the Port To­bacco River.

Some of the more con­cern­ing is­sues cov­ered by the plan are the ur­ban­iza­tion of Bryans Road, a pro­jected 51 per­cent in­crease in the county’s pop­u­la­tion by 2040, land use sur­round­ing the Mary­land Air­port, pro­tec­tion of the wa­ter­shed ar­eas, and an ever-shrink­ing sup­ply of fresh drink­ing wa­ter.

Please plan to at­tend and bring your friends and neigh­bors. This plan con­cerns us all. Make your voices heard.

Bev­erly John­son, Wal­dorf

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