Mount Airy Planning/Zoning Process
CAMO believes the Town Council should implement a new ordinance to bring a
commonsense approach to change the zoning process and “put the horse before
the cart.” Proposed development projects should coordinate with the Town for an early assessment of a project's ability to meet the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) and Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) recommendation for water availability, and other key adequacy requirements, before proceeding beyond a pre-concept plan. The current process is a financial burden to the town and developers because officials and
staff proceed with the planning process and make decisions on pre-concept plans
prior to being fully informed about water availability and other public facilities adequacy including schools, traffic, and emergency services.