Thursday, July 31, 2008

Public Hearing To Be Held On New Garrett County Comprehensive Plan

courtesy Republican News

Jul. 31, 2008

The Garrett County Planning Commission and the county commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed Garrett County Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium. All interested citizens are invited.
"The current county comprehensive plan is over 10 years old, and this new plan has been completely revised to reflect the changing trends in our society, as well as to incorporate the required elements of recent state and federal legislation into county policy," said Planning Commission spokesperson. "The plan is both an end and a beginning."

He noted that the plan is the end product of two years of intensive work by commission members and their consultant in studying the county, listening to ideas, and thinking about the future of Garrett County.

"It attempts to make use of the thoughts expressed by citizens throughout the county for improving Garrett and making it an even more desirable place in which to live and work," said the spokesperson.

The results of the commission's efforts are contained in a set of maps of the county and a draft of the complete plan text. This text proposes goals, objectives, principles, and standards, and establishes county policy with respect to land use, transportation, community facilities, water resources, housing, mineral resources, sensitive areas, and economic development, and includes recommendations for implementing the plan. The document also includes a component for the Deep Creek Lake influence area.

The draft plan is available for review in the county's Planning and Land Development office at the courthouse and online at by clicking on "Comprehensive Plan" under "News."

"With the increasing state and federal involvement in land-use planning, it is especially important to have a new county plan prepared, adopted, and supported by Garrett Countians, rather than wait to have a plan imposed on the county by other agencies," said the commission spokesperson.

He urged citizens to read the draft plan and provide comment.

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