Commissioners KO Resolution 18-08
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.
County Commissioners rejected Resolution 18-08 following an expedient vote on the measure.
Outgoing County Commissioner Mark Anderson offered an amendment exempting the Stevensville Historic Village Center from the rezoning ordinance.