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Emmitsburg Planning and Zoning Commission halts comprehensive plan submission

Stephanie Long
Emmitsburg Dispatch

(10/2) On Sept. 29 the Emmitsburg Planning and Zoning Commission met for their regular monthly meeting and hoped to finish reviewing the comprehensive plan before sending it to the Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners. But an absence by one of the planning and zoning board members halted those plans.

It was the absence of Larry Little, commission chairperson, that prompted the unanimous decision by the commission to not vote on sending the comprehensive plan to the Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners. The commission agreed that given Little’s interest and knowledge of the plan, it would be unfair to exclude him from the vote, given its importance.

“Mr. Little isn’t here and I’m concerned we won’t cover enough without him here,” said Tim O'Donnell, Vice-Chair of the commission. “It would be inappropriate for us to exclude him based on one meeting.”

The rest of the commission agreed with O’Donnell and unanimously voted to hold another special meeting on Oct. 21, when Little could be in attendance. The Sept. 29 meeting was held with the intention of reviewing comments that were made at the Sept. 22 public hearing. Although the commission voted to hold another meeting, the board did discuss issues that were raised at the public hearing and raised by the state after the meeting.

Many of the issues raised were over minor changes to the plan, to fix labeling or defining errors in the document. Larger issues raised centered around land use designations and boundary lines.

The special meeting is set for Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. It is then that the commission hopes to discuss any issues that are still a concern and vote to send the plan to the Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners for review.

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