Lest anyone forget or misunderstand, the objective of the “Reset Lakeside” initiative is centered on the Council’s adoption of specific legislation that will have the specific effect that has been the objective of Talbot citizens throughout the recent campaign, and for many months prior. “Reset Lakeside” is not some amorphous catchphrase that means, “Let’s just talk about it some more, new faces, new decorations in the room, different attitude.”
What the Talbot community has been focused on is reestablishing integrity in our land use approval processes (by acknowledging, as required by law, the decision by the Planning Commission that Lakeside is NOT consistent with the Talbot County Comprehensive Plan), and bringing Lakeside back anew for a proper review (by the Planning Commission, the public itself, and the County Council, including its impacts on schools, traffic, taxes, and so forth).
What triggers this restatement of the obvious is the fact that late on Friday evening the final County Council agenda was published that includes a heretofore unannounced meeting: “A. Work Session with the Town of Trappe — Overview of the Lakeside Development Project.” Such a meeting is perfectly welcome and appropriate, especially with a new Council on stage. There is no lack of updated information concerning Lakeside that would be nice for everyone to know.
But one should be alert to the possibility, by design or by happenstance, that a dialogue about Lakeside, a review of its recent history and current status, the introduction of fresh faces in the conversation, a friendly and cooperative tone….that this sort of thing is declared or perceived to “Reset Lakeside.”
This dialogue and a refreshed conversation are of course welcome and positive—but is not at all what the “Reset Lakeside” initiative has ever been about.
“Reset Lakeside” is, and always has been, about adoption of specific legislation to restore integrity and to bring Lakeside back for a new, formal review. That was clear in the first announcement in the Spy of the “Reset Lakeside” effort (which included a brief outline of a resolution) ; it was made clear throughout the campaign in many ways; and it was clear on December 2nd when newly elected Council members were requested to introduce and adopt such legislation, a draft provided.
All those “Reset Lakeside” lawn signs on display in recent months, and all the work invested by so many over the past 21 months, were not directed to the end goal that things stay the same but for the tenor of conversation. The adoption of specific, carefully drafted legislation is essential; that alone will create the pivot point after which fresh dialogue and new attitudes will be meaningful and productive. They are not a substitute for “Reset Lakeside” legislation, and do not alone fulfill the promise.
Talbot Integrity Project