If you’ve driven to Cambridge recently, you’ve passed by the new townhome development in Trappe called Lakeside. The controversial development is just one example of county planning and zoning decisions that affect residents of Talbot County (the Maryland Department of the Environment ultimately approved Lakeside after the county planning commission withdrew its approval).
Learn about the role of municipal, county, and state jurisdictions in aspects of land use planning from Talbot Council Council member Pete Lesher on May 1st as he explains the rules affecting planning and growth decisions. Lesher will outline the management tools currently in place, and describe options for additional policies that could shape future development. He will cover the role of municipal and county Comprehensive Plans, along with impact fees, transferable development rights, and the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas.
Finally, hear what options are being considered for the future, including an adequate public facilities ordinance, and the possible impacts of other tools (if enacted), and gain an understanding of why community engagement is so important to the Comprehensive Planning process.
Pete Lesher is a member of Talbot County Council, elected in 2018 and 2022. During the day, he also serves as chief curator at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he has served on staff since 1991.
Talbot County Planning and Growth is one (1) session, May 1st from 5:30 – 7 PM. Hybrid (in person at the Easton Family YMCA, ZOOM or recording). $20. To register visit https://chesapeakeforum.org.
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