Queenstown Commission OKs Waterman property annexation
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.