Lippy: Keep Supporting Comprehensive Plan CAMPAIGN 1994

October 23, 1994|By ELMER LIPPY

The candidates for Carroll County commissioner on the Nov. 8 ballot, Republicans Donald I. Dell, Richard T. Yates and W. Benjamin Brown, and Democrats Elmer C. Lippy, Rebecca A. Orenstein and Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, were asked to respond to the following questions: What existing measures will you use to control Carroll County's residential growth? What new measures are needed? Their responses appear below:

The primary tool used to control growth in Carroll County is the comprehensive plan and the zoning ordinance and maps xTC which implement it. By continuing to support this overall plan, the majority of the county will remain rural with a very small amount of residential growth.

New homes are planned to be constructed in and around the municipalities where services can be provided most economically. The rate at which these homes are built is %J controlled by the planning commission, which only permits 25 lots to be recorded per quarter in any one subdivision. Reducing this number to 50 lots or less per year will serve to show how quickly development occurs.

The Adequate Public Facilities Law is another existing tool used to control growth. Over the last four years, we've worked with the Board of Education and other agencies and organizations to develop criteria to be used when certifying that facilities are available for new homes.

Providing additional opportunities for public discussion of these criteria may be an important next step. What is defined as adequate in another jurisdiction may not be adequate in Carroll County. A public forum will be available not only in determining when facilities are adequate but also to determine the timing of public investments.

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