Hear­ing set for Queen­stown com­pre­hen­sive plan

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTOPHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — The town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will hold a pub­lic hear­ing about the pro­posed 2017 Com­pre­hen­sive Plan at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, April 13, at town hall, 7013 Main Street.

Queen­stown adopted the cur­rent 2010 Com­mu­nity Plan in Novem­ber OF that year, but in the en­su­ing six years, a num­ber of changes in the town prompted the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to un­der­take a re­view of the goals, ob­jec­tives, poli­cies, and rec­om­men­da­tions out­lined in that plan, ac­cord­ing to the town’s web­site.

Sig­nif­i­cant and strate­gic changes prompt­ing an up­date of the Com­mu­nity Plan to in­clude an­nex­a­tion of the 148-acre Wheat­lands prop­erty, which the own­ers pro­posed for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment. Also com­ple­tion of the waste­water treat­ment plant was con­sid­ered.

Ma­jor land use pol­icy shifts in the re­vised plan in­clude:

Pri­or­i­tiz­ing planned res­i­den­tial growth to ar­eas north of US 301

In­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for water­front mixed-use de­vel­op­ment of Salt­house Cove

Man­ag­ing de­vel­op­ment in planned growth ar­eas through the float­ing zone process

The up­dated plan, reti­tled the Com­pre­hen­sive Plan 2017, con­tin­ues to sup­port the vi­sions of the 2010 Com­mu­nity Plan, namely that the town:

Bal­ance Queen­stown’s eco­nomic, aes­thetic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural and his­toric el­e­ments

Com­pact, phased and com­pat­i­ble growth in the plan­ning area

Re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the town cen­ter to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing and on­go­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

Im­prove ac­cess to town’s water­front

Pro­tect the qual­ity of the creek and the Ch­ester and Wye rivers

Im­prove ac­cess to US 50 and US 301

A com­mu­nity that is con­nected and in­cludes fea­tures that will re­duce de­pen­dency on the au­to­mo­bile.

Res­i­dents may view the pro­posed Com­pre­hen­sive Plan at the town’s web­site at http://www.queen­stownmd.com. Fi­nal ap­proval of the plan is up to the town com­mis­sion, which will likely hold another pub­lic hear­ing on it be­fore­hand, said Town Clerk Amy Moore.

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