The Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning is seeking the public’s input on Green Infrastructure Planning in the County. The survey is part of a larger project the County is undertaking to update their 2004 Green Infrastructure Plan. The 5-minute survey is posted on the project website at www.nextstep190.com. The results of the survey will be included in the draft Plan.
In 2004, and in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Talbot County developed a Green Infrastructure Plan (Plan) that assessed critical resource areas such as woodlands, wildlife habitat, farmland and aquatic resources. The Plan identified high priority focus areas for land conservation efforts and growth management. The Plan also focused on land conservation strategies in targeted areas.
Policy makers and citizens are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about Talbot County’s susceptibility to flooding. Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, low-lying Talbot County has nearly 600 miles of coastline; making the County highly vulnerable to flooding due to the combination of storm events and sea level rise. Several of the County’s historic villages are particularly susceptible to the damage that can be caused by flooding, including the historic working waterfront village of Tilghman. Talbot County also experiences flooding from its rivers and culverts due to excessive rainfall from severe storms; causing saturated soils, damaged structures and extreme danger to life and property. Submerged road sections are often located within critical evacuation routes necessary during major storm events including tropical storms and hurricanes.
In response to these concerns, the Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning is partnering with Maryland Environmental Service (MES) and Michael Baker International to update its Green Infrastructure Plan (Plan). Called “Cleaner Greener Talbot”, the revised Plan will not only update the resource assessments and conservation priorities that were identified in the current Plan, the Plan will also address impacts related to flooding, storm surges and shore erosion.
Review of the recommendations included in the final draft Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and County Council prior to adoption. For more information contact the Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-770-8030 or submit questions or comments to TalbotNextStep190@gmail.com.