Thursday, February 21, 2013

State Not So Happy With Charles County Plans

Agencies condemn Charles County planning: 3 of 4 agencies rip comp plan update 
Three Maryland government agencies have commented on the draft update of the Charles County Comprehensive Plan, the county’s chief planning document, with the Maryland Department of Planning calling the document “the most drastic policy reversal in a comprehensive plan that this agency has ever seen.” ...

In a Feb. 4 letter and report addressed to county government, MDP lists concerns, including that the plan “promote[s] large lot sprawl development,” endangering “the County’s rural character and environmentally sensitive lands,” documents state.
Damn Darn rubes intend on using their land the way they want to rather than the way we want them to.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was equally harsh, calling the draft “inconsistent with 12 visions,” including infrastructure development, environmental protection and resource conservation, “adopted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2012,” and with other county and state planning goals.
 They have 12 visions? Maybe they should see someone about that.

The Maryland Department of the Environment piled on in its own Jan. 22 response, with comments asserting that “the Plan does not address water quality at all,” noting groundwater issues in some places and “disinfection byproducts” in parts of Waldorf served by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, issues that could need to remedied soon to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
You mean the big city's sewage problems are becoming a problem to the poor country folk to their south?  Whoda thunk.
MDE also questioned the county’s ability to dispose properly of sewage generated by new development and to protect “high quality waters,” including Mattawoman Creek and Zekiah Swamp Run, suggesting that the county use zoning and other ordinances to direct development away from sensitive watersheds.
More state attempts to force growth into the cities where it increases the dependency of the people forced to move to the cities as well as the political power of the reigning party there. 

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