From the Talbot County website
The Office of Planning and Zoning announces the start of Comprehensive Plan review committee meetings that will take place through the remainder of 2011.
Maryland jurisdictions are required state law to review their plans every six years. The review for Talbot County serves as a “check up” as our current plan was adopted in 2005. The plan’s adoption followed a multi-year process with extensive community input. The resulting document contains an ambitious list of almost 70 action statements and dozens of policies to guide the County’s growth and services. Since the Plan was adopted, several amendments have been added but not fully integrated into the document.
The Talbot County Council has identified a group of interested and informed community member who will help assess the County’s progress on accomplishing Comprehensive Plan goals. This group has been divided into eight Chapter Committees that will meet approximately three times over the course of this year to engage in topic reviews. The chapters are 1) Land Use Plan, 2) Transportation, 3) Housing and Community Services, 4) Rural and Agricultural Conservation, 5) Natural Resource Conservation, 6) Economic Development and Tourism, 7) Historic and Cultural Preservation, and 8) Community Design and Appearance.
Review committee meetings will be working meetings open to the public, but they are not public hearings. Rather, the format will be round table discussions with County staff. At these meetings, time will be reserved at the end for public input [Editors note: This is called The Delphi Technique. Watch this video to learn more about how local governments and regulators use The Delphi Technique]. Committee findings and recommendations will be incorporated into draft chapter updates. The drafts will be presented for public review and comment before they are forwarded to the Planning Commission and County Council for official action.
For more information contact Martin Sokolich, Long Range Planner at 410-770-8032, or at Msokolich@talbotcountymd.gov.