By: Mike Kennedy|
May 26th, 2010
Category: Deep Creek Lake Real Estate, Garrett County News, Garrett County Real Estate, News
Yesterday morning, the County Commissioners approved the proposed revisions to the three main county land use and development ordinances - the Deep Creek Lake watershed zoning ordinance, the county subdivision ordinance, and the county sensitive areas ordinance. This completes a process that began in May 2009.
The Planning Commission proposed the final revisions following a public hearing in March. The Garrett County Commissioners accepted the proposal without any changes and approved it as drafted by the Planning Commission.
The changes become effective June 1, 2010. They will soon be available on the county web site at http://www.garrettcounty.org/PlanningLand/Main.aspx?tabid=1
The major changes from the original proposals include;
- A major reduction in the size of the Scenic Protection Overlay districts along with new construction in these districts are now NOT required to retain or plant tress in front of the house - new construction must now have trees planted or retained on the sides and rear of the house. The original proposal would have blocked and obstructed views of the lake from these houses.
- Mandatory clustering is NOT required in lands classified either AR (Agricultural Resource) and RR (Rural Resource). The original proposal called for mandatory clustering and the creation of a resource parcel. Mandatory clustering could have restricted or limited a property owner’s ability to subdivide in the future.
The County Commissioners and Planning Commission should be commended for listening to public comment and taking into consideration the many concerns from owners of real estate throughout Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area.