REGION STRATEGIC PLAN (WSCRSP)
March 13, 2003, 6:45 PM
Advisory Committee Meeting #2
Location: Cumberland County Education Extension Center, Deerfield
Community/ State Plan
Facilities & Services – Housing
G. Erwin Sheppard
T. Stanzione initiated the meeting.
J. Donald said that the Western/Southern Cumberland Region project would be one of the first, if not the first, projects to go through Plan Endorsement process. It is intended to be a one-stop shopping process, in which all state agencies participate. There are incentives for towns that go through the process: priority for permitting, state funding, and technical assistance. He said that each municipality has to go through Plan Endorsement process, and each municipal plan must be consistent with the region plan. J. Donald referred to the BIG Map, and said that centers exist, even if the underlying color is red, the BIG map will turn green.
B. Purdie said that DEP welcomes comments on the BIG map. If participants have better data, such as on planned public sewer/water systems, that could be instrumental in changing colors to green. T. Stanzione said that there was a difference of understanding between what J. Donald had said, and what the CDC believed the situation to be. The mayors feel that they have been able to develop a rapport with OSG and DCA, and that the Smart Growth process should be directed through DCA, not DEP. They believe the map is too red. While DEP should be part of the process, its map should not be the determining factor in where growth should go. The mayors will work with OSG as their mediator. J. Donald said that in the end, there will not be two separate maps, as the DEP map will be integrated into the Plan map.
B. Brewer and M. Shiffman presented the Cumberland County Plan Summary.
M.Shiffman, D. Kueper and S. Huffman presented the Regional Profile and Marketing Feasibility Study Report.
B. Hollinger said that the Regional Issues and Municipal Issues Profiles should be revised, as there were a number of mistakes for Maurice River. M. Shiffman said that ORA was waiting for comments from all parties before revising the document. Comments should be sent to ORA as soon as possible.
Members broke up into four groups to review the Regional Vision Matrices. Following are the comments from each group:
Community Facilities/Housing/Intermunicipal Cooperation
An interim subcommittee meeting was scheduled for April 1, 2003, 6-8 PM, for Natural Areas/Historic/Agriculture. Other subcommittees chose not to have interim meetings.
The next Advisory Committee meeting was scheduled for April 30 at 7 PM.
Minutes Prepared by Daniel Kueper, Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Inc.