The Garrett County Planning Commission began their review of the 2008 Garrett County Comprehensive Plan on December 7, 2016. At each meeting they will set aside an hour to discuss the document, starting with Chapter 1 and proceeding through the document in order. Meeting summaries with associated documents are available at the Meeting Summaries link. The December 7, 2016 meeting completed edits for Chapter 1. Review began on Chapter Two on January 4, 2017. That review will conclude on February 1 and the review of Chapter 3 will begin.
The public is encouraged to participate. The public may read the entirety of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan or view the individual chapters below.
Chapter One - Introduction
Chapter Two - Background
Chapter Three - Land Use
Chapter Four - Deep Creek Lake Influence Area Master Plan
Chapter Five - Water Resources Element
Chapter Six - Transportation Element
Chapter Seven - Sensitive Areas
Chapter Eight - Community Facilities
Chapter Nine - Housing
Chapter Ten - Mineral Resources Element
Chapter Eleven - Economic Development
Chapter Twelve - Implementation
Please bear in mind that the Planning Commission is reviewing the chapters to determine which sections need updated, edited, deleted or added. At the end of the review, all minutes and recordings of the meetings, all public comment received, and all related pertinent information will be given to a contractor, whose job it will be to perform the update to the document. Once the contractor is hired a draft document will be written that will then go through a series of public meetings and review processes before a final draft will be written.
To comment on any of the chapters during the review and contribute your suggestions please fill out the Public Comment Form provided. The public is also invited to attend any of the Planning Commission meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room. All meeting minutes, agendas, and recordings of the meetings are posted on the Planning Commission's Web Page. The listing to the left will show a "Minutes, Agendas & Recordings" page as a subset of the Planning Commission webpage.
2008 Garrett County Comprehensive Plan
The 2008 Comprehensive Plan was adopted on October 7, 2008 and serves as the policy guide and framework for future growth and development in Garrett County. The Plan looks at land use, water resources, transportation, public facilities, economic development, housing, environmentally sensitive areas, mineral resources, and other natural resources. The Plan also includes a detailed plan for the area around Deep Creek Lake.
The following items were important parts of the development process of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. An Assessment of Water Quality Impacts from Potential Land Development at Deep Creek Lake was finalized in May 2007. During April 2008 a Summary of State Comments on the Comprehensive Plan was reviewed. Citizen Correspondence was very important to the successful completion of the Comprehensive Plan.
On June 15, 2011 the Garrett County Commissioners adopted amendments to the Comprehensive Plan adding the Garrett County Heritage Management Plan as a component of the Comprehensive Plan. More information about the Heritage Management Plan can be found below.
On November 7, 2016 the Garrett County Commissioners adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan in order to incorporate the Garrett County Tier Map into the Plan.