Blogging Live from Elkton Town Meeting: Several Changes in Zoning Ordinances Introduced

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Elkton Town Hall, June 16, 2010 – The Mayor and Commmissioners are in session and we’re covering it live.  If important news breaks out we’ll get a headline up and follow with a more detailed report later.  In addition the Cecil Whig has a reporter here so the daily paper should have coverage too.  This is the second consecutive meeting the daily has covered. The more news about local goverment the better for all intersted stakeholders so we’re pleased to have the help since there’s lots of news at Elkton meetings.

Introduction of a number of amendments to ordinances and regulations are on the agenda this evening:

  • A revision to town Regulations related to festivals, events of public interest or special outdoor events.
  • An amendment to the zoning ordinance related to density and dimensional Regulations for senior housing.
  • One related to electric fences in commerical areas.
  • An ordiannce related to stormwater management

Right now they’re discussing a bicycle plan for the town. 

Note:  The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. when the commissioners went behind closed doors.  It was stated that the reason was to discuss a personnel matter.

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4 responses to “Blogging Live from Elkton Town Meeting: Several Changes in Zoning Ordinances Introduced

  1. Want more Events!

    Mike
    Do twitter us more about a revision to town Regulations related to festivals, events of public interest or special outdoor events. People want to know!

  2. Wnat More Events

    I’ll see if I can get more info on that. Attending the town meetings, it’s hard to figure out what they’re doing with some of these things at times since they don’t distribute the draft ordinances at the meeting or post them on the net. Also the discussion by the officials didn’t provide any substantial info since they do a lot of their work on email prior to the meeting.

    We’ve emailed the town to get a copy. It apparently relates to all the noise complaints they received from the last event. The police switchboard was overloaded with calls on that one, receiving about 40 calls they report. We’ll see what we can come up with.

    They were really busy at this meeting work on revising ordinances. More of them related to making changes in the zoning codes for senior housing.

  3. Please keep us posted. Charities like the Knights of Columbus generate their money through “festivals, events of public interest or special outdoor events. ” We’d like to be sure that we’re not being regulated out of existence.

  4. Bob & Want More Events:

    I talked to the town planning officer about the implications of this change and she says it’s just a matter of correcting an oversight in the ordinances and creating consistency in the language. But another person more informed of these zoning and planning things says there are some implications about where events can be held.

    I guess that means we’ll have to dig into this some. We’ll go ahead and get the actual copy of the text and see what we can figure out independently.

    It’s interesting that the town doesn’t just routinely share these things on heir web site. How much more helpful for citizens, if they’d just post the drafts they’re discussing so the public can follow along.

    Often you sit in these meetings and since only the officials have seen the documents they’re discussing and they’re not read to the public during the discussion, you do the best you can to follow along.

    That’s where we found the Freedom of Info Act filings to be helpful. Sometimes it takes a little bit and sometimes it takes a little folllow through but you can get the documents.

    The town and tweet, twitter and post as they do and talk about transparency in government. Yet the most important things aren’t made public. They don’t stream their workshops, which is the one trhe citizens really need to watch. Generally they don’t post their draft ordianances that they’re holding public hearings on so the public can follow along.

    To his credit, Comm. Givens has brought this up a few times. At some meetings, he’s insisted the administrator read the document they’re discussing so the public can follow along. He’s also suggested that they have copies or put it up on a screen for people to see. Makes a lot of sense to us to help keep an informed public and make the public comments section helpful.

    But how much more helpful they’d be to just routinely share them. They talk about how they’re sharing info on the web. Yet the most important things are readily shared.

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