Com­mis­sion­ers KO Res­o­lu­tion 18-08

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME [email protected]­pub.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — County com­mis­sion­ers re­jected Res­o­lu­tion 18-08, a mea­sure aimed at re­vis­ing the de­vel­op­ment stan­dards for min­i­mum lot width of multi-fam­ily de­vel­op­ments in four des­ig­nated zon­ing dis­tricts dur­ing their Tues­day, Nov. 27 meet­ing.

The mea­sure, ini­tially pre­sented as a “house­keep­ing item,” af­fected Town Cen­ter, Stevensville His­toric Vil­lage Cen­ter, Gra­sonville Neigh­bor­hood Com­mer­cial and Gra­sonville Vil­lage Com­mer­cial Zon­ing Dis­tricts in Queen Anne’s County.

The or­di­nance serves to re­vise the de­vel­op­ment stan­dards from the cur­rent lot frontage of 50 feet in width to 60 feet in “ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 18:1-36 of the Code of Pub­lic Lo­cal Laws of Queen Anne’s County.”

The dis­crep­ancy was brought to the at­ten­tion of the county by Tom Davis Jr., of Cen­tre­ville, an en­gi­neer with DMS and As­so­ci­ates LLC, whose client wanted to build a du­plex in one of the four ex­empted zon­ing dis­tricts.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sion, out­go­ing County Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son pro­posed an amend­ment ex­empt­ing the Stevensville

His­toric Vil­lage Cen­ter fol­low­ing pub­lic ire for what Stevensville res­i­dent Mike Ranelli called “a largely un­ex­plained change to the rules” dur­ing the pre­vi­ous com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing Oct. 23.

The amend­ment was de­feated fol­low­ing three com­mis­sion­ers ab­stain­ing from the vote. That es­sen­tially sealed the fate of Res­o­lu­tion 18-08 it­self im­me­di­ately after.

Out­go­ing County Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey re­it­er­ated that the mat­ter should be taken up when the county’s com­pre­hen­sive plan is re­viewed in 18 months and ques­tioned why the mea­sure needed to be ad­dressed so quickly.

“If I can speak out about this, I still think this needs to be re­viewed as part of the com­pre­hen­sive plan in two years, I’ll say it be­fore and I’ll say it again,” said Buckey.

Dur­ing the pub­lic com­ment pe­riod of the Oct. 23 meet­ing, much of the con­cern cen­tered on whether al­ter­ing the rule would lead to an in­flux of mul­ti­fam­ily de­vel­op­ments in the four ar­eas with Michael Wis­nosky, Di­rec­tor of the Queen Anne’s County Plan­ning and Zon­ing De­part­ment, as­sur­ing them it would not.

With the res­o­lu­tion and its amend­ment hand­ily de­feated, the four zon­ing dis­tricts re­main ex­empted un­til the new Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers de­cides to re­visit the is­sue or sim­ply wait un­til the com­pre­hen­sive plan is re­viewed in its en­tirety.

KRIS­TIAN JAIME

County Com­mis­sion­ers re­jected Res­o­lu­tion 18-08 fol­low­ing an ex­pe­di­ent vote on the mea­sure.

KRIS­TIAN JAIME

Out­go­ing County Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son of­fered an amend­ment ex­empt­ing the Stevensville His­toric Vil­lage Cen­ter from the re­zon­ing or­di­nance.

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