Monday, February 15, 2010

New measures would formalize development rules, give greater prioirity to urban tree canopy goals; Worcester County, MD

Worcester measures would formalize development rules The Daily Times:
OCEAN CITY -- Worcester County officials are looking at changing two local laws to mirror what the state already has on the books.

The Worcester County Commissioners are expected to consider two bills at their meeting Tuesday, one on forest conservation and the other on stormwater management. The public would have an opportunity to comment before a final vote.Language for the forest conservation rules comes from laws passed in the 2008 and 2009 Maryland Legislative sessions. The measures reduce the amount of forest clearing that can be done, give high priority to urban tree canopy goals, increase fees and establish technological standards for reporting. The rules took effect statewide in October, and the Worcester County Department of Development Review and Permitting has been enforcing them.

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