Calvert County Times December 07, 2017 - Page 5

Local News The Calvert County Times Thursday, December 7, 2017 5 County Corrects Tier Map Glitch Subdivisions on Septic Now Legal Again By Dick Myers Editor A problem that had caused an effec- tive moratorium on subdivisions in ar- eas in Calvert County without central water and sewer has been corrected by actions of the county commissioners and the planning commission. The problem involved the county’s establishing of “tier maps” in con- formance with the state’s Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Protection Act of 2012. The county thought they had adopted the tier maps earlier this year. But the county was informed that those tier maps did not have the force of law unless they were incorporated in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. State law required the tier maps to be in that plan by 2016. Absent the change, subdivisions were limited to areas which have central wa- ter and sewer – Prince Frederick, Lusby and Solomons town centers and the in- corporated towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. The county had hoped to include the tier maps in the update of the plan that is now going on. But the state said it had to be done now or it didn’t have any effect. At a Nov. 28 joint planning commis- sion/county commissioner hearing, there was no public comment and both bodies quickly adopted the plan update to accommodate the tier maps. The tier map system divides the coun- ty into four areas, or tiers: • Tier I: Areas currently served by sewer • Tier II: Future Growth Areas planned for sewer • Tier III: Large Lot Development and “Rural Villages” on septic systems • Tier IV: Preservation and Con- servation Areas. No Major subdi- visions on septics. dickmyers@countytimes.net When: Wednesday, December 13th from 6:30pm-8:30pm Where: Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Road, Chesapeake Beach What: A national health emergency, heroin & opioid abuse is devastating families across the nation. Join us to learn more about the prevention, treatment and recovery services provided by over a dozen local organizations to help individuals and families who are afflicted by Heroin/Opioid Abuse Disorder. Light refreshments will be available. FREE Naloxone (Narcan) training for those who wish to be trained and receive a free kit. Prescription Drug drop-off & disposal service provided by CC Sheriff’s Department. Participating Service Providers: Bayside Recovery Community Mediation Center of CC Narc-Anon Support Group Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Celebrate Recovery Pathways Calvert Behavioral Health Maryland Coalition of Families Project Chesapeake CCHD - Healthy Beginnings Program MD Insurance Administration Ruth's Miracle Group Home Calvert Health Medical Center Narcotics Anonymous of So. MD Serenity Acres For more information contact Ashley Staples at 410 535 3079 ext. 41