(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
“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
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
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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