Ocean City Today

Comprehensive plan update public hearing scheduled

City Council vote Tuesday set up potential passage during Feb. 20 meeting
By Greg Ellison | Feb 01, 2018

(Feb. 2, 2018) Ocean City’s comprehensive plan update is one step away from completion, after the City Council voted on Tuesday to schedule a public hearing for Feb. 20 before potential final passage.

Planning Director Bill Neville presented final revisions of the planning and zoning commission during a council work session on Dec. 12. During that meeting, Neville said planning and zoning had prioritized projects to begin early next year, with the council voting to resume the discussion in late January.

“They want to get to work on this,” he said. “This is an opportunity to hear back from council, otherwise we need to set a public hearing date.”

The plan is a working document that will continue to be implemented by planning and zoning over the next several years, and a public hearing is mandated by state code, Neville said.

Included among the planning commission’s list of priorities are short-term rentals, floodplain regulations and developing a bikeway master plan, in addition to parking studies and examining infill guidelines.

The current plan was drafted in 2006 and last updated in 2009, with the current review intended to comply with state requirements.

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Sept. 19 and kept the public record open for addition comments until Oct. 17, before approving the plan update on Dec. 2.

After receiving the planning and zoning commission’s final revisions, under the state code the council has 90 days to review plan revisions and schedule either a work session or public hearing before deciding to adopt, revise or remand the update back to the commission for additional changes.

The current updates incorporate 2010 census data.  The next scheduled update is 2022, after 2020 census data becomes available.

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