Farmers Stage Protest As Cecil County Debates Septic Tiers

An August 22 Cecil Whig article discusses the ongoing debate in Cecil County over adopting growth tiers under the 2012 septics legislation and a recent protest staged by county farmers.  While the adoption of the tiers is optional, a county that has not adopted the tiers by the end of this year will no longer be able to approve major subdivisions on septic systems.

The article notes that farmers first drove their tractors around the County Administration Building parking lot and then went inside to express their opinions to the county commissioners.

As more people find out about a proposal to adopt tier maps, public opposition grows. The commissioners have debated pros and cons of six maps before selecting one to allow the public to comment on, but now many want another choice.  …

Monday, the county’s planning commission asked for a new map to be prepared by the planning staff for public hearing. “We want a map that is in lock-step with the comprehensive plan,” said Planning Commission Chairman Bill Mortimer.

Tuesday, farmers and other citizens delivered the same message to the county commissioners, urging them to adopt the least restrictive map they can come up with to comply with a new state law.  …

Valerie Connelly, who is the lobbyist for the Maryland Farm Bureau in Annapolis, told county farmers Monday night that Maryland Department of Planning is threatening every county, but the legislature does not want to revisit this.

“I don’t think the county should cave to want the state is threatening,” she said. “I think you should do the minimum.”

The Cecil County Board of County Commissioners will continue to debate and consider the tier map and will not make a final decision until September 18.

August 22 Cecil Times article

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