Hearing set for Queenstown comprehensive plan
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.