of the Kent Island Defense League (KIDL) to the Planning Commission, January
In the spring of 2005 KIDL issued a press release in full support of the Chester/Stevensville Community Plan, as proposed by the Chester/Stevensville Citizenís Advisory Committee.
Based on careful review of the communityís strengths and weaknesses, threats and opportunities, the Citizenís Advisory Committee (CAC) recognized the severe problems caused by too much high-density growth and commercial strip development, which include traffic gridlock, environmental threats to the bays and rivers and a general reduction in the quality of life. The CAC recognized that without clear standards for development there will be no certainty in outcomes. Most of the members of the CAC who lived in the area recognized how serious these issues were and that they needed to be addressed immediately. Many corrective actions were proposed in the Citizenís Community Plan.
Community Plan which is the subject of tonightís hearing is a revision
of the original Citizenís Community Plan and is very different from the
original draft. The Planning Commission has either eliminated or
watered down the solutions to the problems that were addressed in the Citizenís
The Citizenís Community Plan also called for the following restrictions:
further award of growth allocation in critical areas.
In the Planning Commission Plan (the present draft) all of the above items have been so softened with new wording that any suggestion of restrictions can be ignored, if deemed appropriate by QAC staff and officials.
KIDL strongly recommends that the above listed changes be revisited.
Additionally, much has been lost by moving Chapter 5 of the original plan, which was the citizenís (CACís) Vision for the Chester/Stevensville Community, and in reality was the heart and soul of the Plan, to the appendix in the back of the Planning Commission draft (appendix C).
KIDL strongly recommends that the following stipulations, which have been removed from the text of the Plan and placed in the Appendix, be placed back in the main body of the plan.
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