Planning Commission finalizes new rules
Procedures, rules set ahead of new leadership
After months of review and discussion, the Charles County Planning Commission has final- ly set its new rules and procedures — changes that come just ahead of current commissioner Angela Sherard’s start as chairwoman.
In the new rules and procedures, according to Yolanda Hipski, a program manager for the county’s planning division, there are new standards for public com- ment and availability as well as the ability to adjust agendas for the com- missioners.
Hipski and county staff, along with Planning Commissioner Nancy Schertler and Planning Commission Vice Chair- woman Joan Jones, ham- mered the rules down to their current shape. The only last-minute change made was that the stan- dard for revision or modi- fication requests that can be made by the public was dwindled down to 20 days rather than 30.
The limits were switched because of a few shortened months out of the year, Hipski said. The goal for modifications and revisions after any planning com- mission ruling were to have it settled no later than two meetings after the request is made.
“[Thirty days] would be three meetings away from the original vote,” Schertler said. “A recon- sideration would have to happen after the second meeting instead of the third.”
In the new rules and procedures, Hipski said, there are now ways to formally change an agenda. The agenda will be crafted by the planning director and the chair, she said, and then will be voted on in public by the commissioners. Any changes must be voted on by commissioners as well.
Commission Chairman Buddy Bowling said the rules and procedures should be reviewed annually, just to make sure there are no mistakes and to consistently revisit any rules to potentially make them better.
Schertler made the motion to approve the rules and recommendations effective immediately. The motion was unanimously approved by all seven commissioners.