Queen­stown Com­mis­sion OKs Wa­ter­man prop­erty an­nex­a­tion

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Queen­stown Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved the an­nex­a­tion of 59.4 acres of the Wa­ter­man Prop­erty from Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Area Land to In­ten­sive Con­ser­va­tion Area Land at their Sept. 26 meet­ing.

The land is lo­cated along the shore of the Ch­ester River as it bends into the Queen­stown Creek. Ad­di­tional land is lo­cated along the Wye River banks and is an ex­ten­sion of the Growth Al­lo­ca­tion Or­di­nance 16-04.

“The growth al­lo­ca­tion pro­vi­sions that were al­ready sent to the crit­i­cal area are in the map. We tried to be very ef­fi­cient and al­ready in­cor­po­rated the lat­est in­for­ma­tion in the last draft and keep that up every time there is an amend­ment,” said Brynja Booth, town at­tor­ney.

The Of­fi­cial Crit­i­cal Area Over­lay Map of the town, which clearly marks the Crit­i­cal Area Over­lay Dis­trict and the Lim­ited De­vel­op­ment Area along with the RCA and the IDA, was also unan­i­mously ap­proved.

The move comes fol­low­ing a pub­lic hear­ing Oct. 26, 2016, on Or­di­nance 16-03, where the Crit­i­cal Area Map for Queen­stown, which was pro­vided by the state Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion, was to be ap­proved.

On Jan. 11, 2017, the coun­cil ap­proved Or­di­nance 16-04, which ap­plied the Growth Al­lo­ca­tion Float­ing Zone Dis­trict to re­clas­sify 59.7 acres of Crit­i­cal Area Land within the Wa­ter­man Prop­erty.

“This was part of the 10year up­date that was re­quired by any town to pro­vide a crit­i­cal area map. That was done in 2017 and the cur­rent map put all the dif­fer­ent or­di­nances on one map. This is re­ally just ad­min­is­tra­tive house­keep­ing,” Booth said.

Finally on June 14, 2017, com­mis­sion­ers for­mally held a pub­lic hear­ing to adopt sup­ple­men­tal find­ings in con­nec­tion with the Growth Al­lo­ca­tion Float­ing Zone. It was then the to­tal acreage was re­duced to 59.4 acres.

From left, Amy Moore, Queen­stown town clerk, Town Com­mis­sion­ers Al­ton Hardee Jr., Tom Wil­lis, Ho­gie Shus­ter and Queen­stown town at­tor­ney Brynja Booth look over the Of­fi­cial Crit­i­cal Area Over­lay Map.

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