April 13, 2008
A number of valuable new suggestions were made by those testifying at the April 10 hearing. These are listed below for discussion and consideration at the task force meeting this Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
- Reconvene the task force periodically for one year to review progress.
- Post the property and send notice of the dedication hearing to all residents of a new subdivision, 30 days in advance, so that any unfinished business may be pointed out before the developer's responsibilities are terminated.
- Have the county create home owners associations throughout the county.
- Require public notice of substantial changes in plans or funding for planned county facilities.
- Ensure Planning Board and Zoning Board booklets are kept up-to-date.
- On the County website home page have a link at the top on how to get information from the County.
- Have the County provide transcripts for residents’ appeals.
- Make the General Plan provisions a criterion which the Planning Board may apply.
- Require that County Council/Zoning Board members recuse themselves in cases concerning individuals or entities which have contributed $500 or more to them.
- Ensure our recommendations and all regulations use the word "adjacent" rather than "adjoining." The former includes properties across the street, whereas the latter does not.
- Prohibit text amendments except for those proposed by County government or agencies in the public interest.
- Ensure Route 40, a master plan area, is covered by the proposed Design Advisory Panel. Note: the Route 40 manual has still not been issued.
- Maintain a list of interpreters for hearings.
- Ensure information is promptly made available to the public, concerning zoning cases.
- Ensure the Office of Law does not advise Planning Board, Zoning Board or Council members that they should not ask certain questions or vote a certain way to avoid the possibility of a suit.
- Require that DPW as well as DPZ have a staff person visit the site in the review process of development applications and be alert to safety concerns.
Informally offered by Bridget Mugane.