Queenstown Commissioners pass zoning amendment
— 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.