Planners OK changes for sign, archeological site laws
CENTREVILLE — Text amendments to county laws regarding signs and archeological sites drew favorable recommendations Nov. 10 from the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission, which met over the course of three sessions to discuss the proposals. The amendments were introduced by County Commissioner Mark Anderson.
With input from business owners and County Commissioner Robert Buckey, Helen Spinelli, principal planner for Queen Anne’s County, drafted changes to the proposed text amendment 16-12 LED and Electronic Signs. As presented to the planning commission, the changes reflected the surface area copy of any LED or electronic sign may change no more than every 30 seconds. Previous text allowed for sign to change no more than once per day.
The proposed text amendment also allows for not only alphabetic and numeric characters on a plain background (as currently exists), but also provides for graphic, pictorial, company or business logos or photographic images. The amendments to code 16-12 were found favorable by the majority of the members of the planning commission and will be forwarded to the county commissioners for consideration.
Additionally, the planning commission made recommendations to the county commissioners on text amendments to county ordinance 16-14 and 16-15 establishing criteria for the preservation of archeological resources and establishing a development review process; and revisions to criteria for major and minor extraction operations.
The planning commission acknowledged that Kent Island is one of the oldest English settlements in Maryland and it has, as does the rest of Queen Anne’s County, many archeological resources that may be appropriate to identify and preserve as properties are disturbed and developed in the county.
The proposed text amendment seeks to add criteria for the preservation of archeological resources and establish a development review process for certain applications.
The planning commission heard from citizens and business owners regarding the high cost associated with field investigations and concerns that requiring landowners to prove historic significance or lack thereof was presented an “unfair burden” and one that might lead to appeals or delays of their development applications.
The three-page proposed text amendment (which can be found in its entirety in the minutes of the planning commission) were received favorably by the planning commission with the recommendation to the county that the county consider that if staff recommends a Phase II and/or Phase III archeological investigation the expense be borne by someone other than the landowner and that the investigation be completed in a timely manner of 180 days or the landowner be allowed to move forward.
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