The public engagement portion of the Comprehensive Plan update kicked off with a Community Visioning Workshop held on Friday May 18, 2018. To view the flyer or press release, please click on the following links: flyer press release. The Visioning session was followed by the first of three open houses - Sustainable Environment Open House held July 16, 2018. To view the flyer and press release for that event, please click on the following links: flyer press release. The Vibrant Economy Open House was held on Monday, August 13, 2018 and focused on issues of economic development, infrastructure and transportation and gave the public an opportunity to share in the planning process and the way you see the county growing. View the flyer and the press release by clicking on the following links: flyer press release. The Thriving Population Open House was held on Monday, September 10, 2018 and focused on issues of population, housing and facilities and services. The public also had and continues to have the opportunity to participate via the public comment form on this page and the Facebook site: Garrett County Comprehensive Plan.
The Garrett County Planning Commission began their review of the 2008 Garrett County Comprehensive Plan on December 7, 2016. At each meeting they 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 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. All minutes and recordings of the meetings, all public comment received, and all related pertinent information is available to the public and will be given to the County's contractor, AECOM, whose job it is to perform the update to the document. A series of public meetings and review processes will be conducted 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. There is also a Facebook page where citizens can go to follow and participate in the process. Search for Garrett County Comprehensive Plan in the Facebook search engine and like our page.
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.