Queen­stown Com­mis­sion­ers pass zon­ing amend­ment

Record Observer - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

— The Queen­stown Com­mis­sion­ers held a pub­lic hear­ing on Or­di­nance No. 17-02 April 26. In­tro­duced by Thomas B. Wil­lis, Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent, the or­di­nance called to amend sec­tion 33.C.9 of the zon­ing or­di­nance to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive stan­dards for growth al­lo­ca­tion, when the prop­erty re­ceiv­ing growth al­lo­ca­tion did not sat­isfy sub­sec­tions 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the zon­ing or­di­nance.

No pub­lic com­ment or ques­tions were made at the hear­ing. The amend­ment did strike through ex­ist­ing text in sec­tion 9 that al­lowed us­ing a por­tion of growth al­lo­ca­tion to be lo­cated in Re­source Con­ser­va­tion des­ig­nated ar­eas, to read now that if cri­te­ria in sub­sec­tions 1, 2, 3 or 4 could not be met the town may use Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas for growth al­lo­ca­tion if the fol­low­ing stan­dards are met: any devel­op­ment will be ser­viced by pub­lic wa­ter and sewer; the area is lo­cated in a Pri­or­ity Fund­ing Area; the devel­op­ment is con­sis­tent with the Queen­stown Com­pre­hen­sive Plan; and the devel­op­ment will have an over­all eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity, or im­ple­ments a spe­cific goal, ob­jec­tive or pol­icy of the Queen­stown Com­pre­hen­sive Plan.

The amend­ment rec­og­nized the ma­jor­ity of crit­i­cal area land for which growth al­lo­ca­tion is planned is cur­rently clas­si­fied as Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas. Hear­ing no com­ment, the com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved the amend­ment as writ­ten.

A copy of the Or­di­nance is avail­able for re­view at the Queen­stown Town Of­fice dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours and is also avail­able on the web­site, www.queen­stown-md.com.

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