|The following letter
was submitted to the Star Democrat for publication,
with a copy to the Kent Island Defense League:
Subject: Adequate Public Facilities & Ratios
At the end of the Talbot County Council's 3/2 vote approving Bill 808 in late March, Councilman Buddy Harrison stated that he would support an Adequate Public Facilities (APF) Ordnance for the County. He was saying that adequate public facilities should be provided for before the approval of any new development i.e. we must anticipate the fallout from a new project on the community. Plus, how will such needs be handled and funded?
Take Midland's PUD wanting 396 new homes in St.Michaels'. How will its buildout affect traffic, roads, schools, drinking water, sanitation, the Miles River, police, fire fighting, town services and resources in the future?
It seems the County and Towns might need, in advance, APF planning ratios that say hypothetically, 400 new homes means about 900 more people, 800 more school children, 40 new school rooms, 825 more vehicles, X road impact, Y increased sewage disposal and land fill expansion, and Z more police and firefighting capacity, etc. The question is how to deal with and pay for these blossoming requirements? Demographic figures must exist to generate these planning ratios giving residents a vision, of a future, they may or may not want..
It seems that Adequate Public Facility Ordnances are a must for our towns and the County! Corresponding planning ratios should be developed to help us achieve sound growth by anticipating the developers unwanted spinoffs from residential, commercial and industrial projects.
Eugene B. Mechling, Jr
aerial photo with conceptual overlay of Kent Commons pad site.