Centreville to up­date town’s Crit­i­cal Area Map

Record Observer - - NEWS - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Due to a bill from the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates to up­date the 1,000 foot Crit­i­cal Area bound­aries through­out the state, the Centreville Town Coun­cil has in­tro­duced an or­di­nance that would amend, re­peal and mod­ify all zon­ing maps.

The town leg­is­la­tion, known as Or­di­nance 02-2017, was in­tro­duced for a first read­ing dur­ing the Thurs­day, May 4, meet­ing in the Lib­erty Build­ing.

With the pas­sage of House Bill 1253, which re­quired the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion to cre­ate a Statewide Base Map adding local Crit­i­cal Area des­ig­na­tions, the or­di­nance reads, the town was re­quired to up­date its map.

The or­di­nance will be re­viewed by the town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion dur­ing its May 17 meet­ing and mem­bers will pro­vide the town with a rec­om­men­da­tion. Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey said af­ter Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­view a pub­lic hear­ing will be held dur­ing a town coun­cil meet­ing as a por­tion of the map is in the town’s zon­ing code.

John Fury, town plan­ning di­rec­tor, pro­vided notes about the up­dated Crit­i­cal Area Map to the coun­cil. He said mi­nor de­vi­a­tions to the crit­i­cal area bound­aries re­gard­ing the 1,000 foot buf­fer were the only “sub­stan­tial” changes from the cur­rent map, which was ap­proved by the Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion on April 23, 2015.

The mi­nor de­vi­a­tions were due to shore ero­sion over the past decade and the amount of tidal shore­line that has been re­duced on the west side of Route 213. The bound­ary line was mod­i­fied due to the ero­sion.

“The Town has pre­pared an up­dated Crit­i­cal Area map which re­flects the Statewide Base Map crit­i­cal area bound­aries and des­ig­na­tions of the Town of Centreville of all lands within the Town’s bound­aries,” the or­di­nance reads.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources web­site, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Crit­i­cal Area Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram was cre­ated in 1984 “to safe­guard the Bay from the neg­a­tive im­pacts of in­tense de­vel­op­ment.”

A de­ter­mi­na­tion of hav­ing a 1,000 foot buf­fer was made as any de­vel­op­ment within that area could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the wa­ter­shed.

The Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion had to come up with cri­te­ria that would help slow and min­i­mize bad hu­man ac­tiv­ity on the wa­ter qual­ity and habi­tats, the web­site states. It says a goal was to have “sen­si­tive” de­vel­op­ment within the de­ter­mined crit­i­cal ar­eas.

A pub­lic hear­ing will be held at the town coun­cil’s Thurs­day, May 18, meet­ing.

To read Or­di­nance 02-2017 in its en­tirety, visit www.townof­cen­tre­ville.org.

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