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Southern Kent Island Sanitary Project
Presentation from January 31, 2013 Meeting
Presentation from June 24, 2010 Meeting
Handout from June 24, 2010 Meeting (at Kent Island High School)
Legal Review Document - Posted March 7, 2013
Rubin Report - Posted March 7, 2013
Queen Anne’s County is considering an extension of public utilities in order to service communities with on-site waste disposal systems. These communities were originally platted prior to the existence of any land use regulations and have been developed independently over the past 50 years. Overall there are eight regions which include 1,512 existing single family residences and 1,612 vacant lots of record. These communities include Towers Gardens, Kent Island Estates, Romancoke, Queen Anne Colony, Kentmorr, Sunny Isle of Kent, Chesapeake Estates, Normans, and Matapeake Estates. All of the developed lots rely on individual on-site waste disposal or “septic” systems and individual private on-site wells. Many of these individual septic systems have been declared as failing by State Health standards and have created an environmental and public health concern.
The extension of public utilities, primarily sewerage collection, while warranted from an environmental standpoint, has the potential to cause other major ancillary effects. For example, the implementation of this project could overburden additional critical infrastructure resulting from the amount of new housing development that would be permitted. These issues include traffic capacity, school requirements, local road upgrades, environmental impacts, stormwater management and delivery of other public services including fire protection, emergency medical services & law enforcement.
Study Analysis: Thestudy analysis consists of three primary components: preliminary engineering, environmental impactsand growth/legal issues. The followingbriefly describes each component of this analysis:
- The preliminary engineering component evaluates drainage, traffic andother related engineering issues and will include a financial impact analysisof the cost of providing County services to areas identified in the study undervarious scenarios.
- The environmental impacts assessment component evaluates the impactof various build-out scenarios on the surrounding area.
- The growth and legal issues component considers ways to limit ormoderate the rate of infill, as well as ways to protect adjacent tracts fromdevelopment.
In order to achieve balanced growth and reasonable costs to provide these services, six independent scenarios have been developed for further evaluation. These scenarios range from full build out of all existing recorded lots to providing service only to existing homes as outlined below in Plans A through F.
Each build-out scenario assumes as a baseline, serving allof the 1,512 existing single-family homes in the subdivisions identified as thePotential Service Area on the maps; the blue shaded or blue outlined areas onthe maps.
PlanA– All 1,612 existing vacant lots are served and thereby become buildable.
PlanB– In accordance with the Attorney General’s opinion of April 13, 2005, thisscenario will exclude all large blocks of contiguous vacant lots, which willreduce the number of vacant lots to be served to 1,052.
PlanC– Adds to the number of vacant lots excluded in Plan B by also excluding anyvacant lot that has 40 percent or more of its lands as non-tidal wetlands. This further reduces the number of vacantlots to be served to 841.
PlanD- Adds to the number of vacant lots excluded in Plan C by also excluding anyvacant lot which has 90 percent or more of its lands within the 100-yearfloodplain. This further reduces thenumber of vacant lots to be served to 593.
Plan E – All vacant lots remain un-served.
Project Study Area Map (1.3 MB)
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