At this point in time, our local communities are faced with two clear choices: (1) maintaining our rural way of life or (2) succumbing to urban sprawl.
Lane Engineering’s May 18 agenda request entails a growth allocation/reclassification of 65.977 acres — more than half of the Poplar Hill Farm developer’s property — from a Resource Conservation Area (RCA) to an Intensely Developed Area (IDA). Approval of this request will inevitably result in increased vehicular traffic, higher residential and commercial density, and further endangerment of our natural environment.
The Commission’s approval will also embolden others in favor of urban development to chip away at the protections afforded by the 1984 Critical Area Act and 1986 Critical Area Criteria, existing PUD’s and our Town’s Comprehensive Plan.
If others who oppose the Poplar Hill Farm project were unable to attend last month’s joint Talbot County and Easton Planning Commissions meeting, I encourage them to send an email or letter to the Town of Easton Planning Commission ([email protected]; 14 S. Harrison Street, Easton, MD 21601) before May 18.
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