- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
According to Charles County Planning Director Steve Ball, the comprehensive plan is 60 percent complete and a draft will be finished in the next couple of months. Per Mr. Ball, county staff is awaiting a decision from the Charles County commissioners on a tier adoption schedule in accordance with the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septic bill.
The pending comprehensive plan update and tier adoption continue to be on the forefront and threaten landowners’ individual liberty and personal property in Charles County.
It is evident that the justification for numerous proposed elements in the comprehensive plan is in the name of “preserving the environment.” It would appear that the clear distinction between sustainability and environmentalism have become crossed, when in fact, sustainability is not just about protecting the environment, but the capacity to endure through a marriage of economic, social and environmental resources.
All of these elements must come together and be maintained for the long-term well-being of civilization. It is distressing that environmentalists have been empowered, not only in Charles County, but throughout the state of Maryland to dream up rules and regulations to confiscate personal property. It has never been more crucial for landowners to become active participants, voice their opinion and take a stand to preserve their personal property rights.
There will be numerous public meetings and opportunities over the next several months for each of you to weigh in on the pending comprehensive plan and its adoption. Go to the events tab at www.balancedgrowthinitiative.com for upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard. If you are unable to attend a meeting, please write a letter, send an email or call the county commissioners.
Tina and Kent Cooksey, La Plata