Summary of Work Session 2
Protection and Progress in the Dragon Run
coordinating land use policies and practices
Fred Hutson (Essex); Rick Allen, Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Hal McVey, Buddy Rodgers (Gloucester); Robert Gibson, Kempton Shields (King and Queen); Amy Easterbrook (Middlesex); David Fuss (MPPDC); Vlad Gavrilovic (Paradigm Design)
Welcome & Introductions
Vlad Gavrilovic began introductions. This is a Steering Committee project that is focused on drafting model comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance language designed to preserve the traditional land uses and natural resources of the Dragon Run. Vlad is the consultant for the project and will be facilitating the process. He will also be available to assist the counties in adapting the model language to their own comp plans and zoning ordinances, if needed.
Briefing on Project Scope & Schedule
Vlad provided an abbreviated overview of the project scope and schedule. Vlad provided background for the project, recalling that the four counties and MPPDC signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2001 that outlined the goals and objectives for a Special Area Management Plan for the Dragon Run. Vlad reviewed his role and the process of developing the Dragon Run Land Use Policy Audit in 2003. He reviewed the process and status of the watershed management plan. And, for 2005, the idea is to begin implementing some recommendations by getting into specifics.
The objectives are to:
There will be two phases to the project. Phase 1 will involve developing model districts for the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance and will include outreach and illustrations to communicate these ideas. Phase 2 will involve working with the counties to adapt the models. Vlad will prepare technical memoranda and work with county staff to relate the models to the existing county framework. He will be available for public informational meetings and support for adoption of the amendments.
Vlad briefly reviewed the roles of the following:
David Fuss reviewed the membership, purpose, and role of the Dragon Run Steering Committee and revisited the issue of Middlesex involvement given that they rescinded adoption of the watershed management plan due in large part to opposition by the Dragon Run Landowners Association. Mr. McVey noted that one problem was that the Landowners Association did not raise any specific issues to be addressed nor did they offer any specific suggestions to address their concerns.
Draft Policy Framework
Vlad provided a handout with a bulleted outline of a draft policy framework and made the following points about it:
A general question arose asking, “Why do we need to do this?” If the model district is merely reinforcing what’s already on the books, then why go to all of this effort?
The outline of the draft policy framework is as follows:
Discussion of the features of the draft policy framework followed, including:
Vlad reviewed a composite map of Future Land Use designated by the four counties in the Dragon Run watershed. Vlad reviewed a composite map of Zoning Districts designated by the four counties in the Dragon Run watershed. He presented a list of possible scenarios for defining the extent of the watershed district, including:
Mr. Shields indicated that we should focus on protecting the Dragon Run from the most imminent threat which is more intense uses, such as industrial.
Ms. Ducey-Ortiz agreed and added that it would be helpful to have some different policies and standards for planned development because staff could use more clear direction when evaluating proposals.
Mr. Hutson raised the issue of takings when limiting existing uses.
Mr. Shields said that an overlay district could
limit the expansion of existing uses to adjacent areas. He proposed using a measurable distance from
wetlands and similar environmental features as a way to limit pollution and
habitat fragmentation near the Dragon Run.
He believes that the possibility of limiting commercial uses up to four
miles away from the main Dragon Run is too restrictive for King and
Mr. McVey and Mr. Shields requested that staff/consultant prepare several possible scenarios for defining the extent of a watershed district so that the Task Force may consider these for the next meeting. These scenarios could include a stream setback and a different set of policies for adjacent uplands.
Things to Do
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