County Executive Steve Schuh Unveils Rural Conservation Line The Boundary will Protect and Conserve Environmentally Sensitive Areas of County
“Our existing array of preservation and conservation tools such as growth tiers, zoning, and adequate public facilities laws have serious shortcomings,” said Schuh. “Our rural conservation legislation will help prevent the up-zoning and water-sewer extensions that threaten some of our most beautiful areas in the county.”
The legislation that will be proposed to both the County Council and General Assembly would:
- Establish into code a Rural Conservation Area consisting of the County’s most rural and vulnerable area and a Rural Conservation Line demarcating the boundary between managed growth and the Rural Conservation Area (see attached map)
- Require a supermajority vote of the County Council to expand public water and sewer into the Rural Conservation Area
- Require a supermajority vote of the County Council for up-zoning of property in the Rural Conservation Area.
- And require that 50% of the County’s land mass remain in the Rural Area.
The goal of the legislation is establish a very clear and unambiguous line for every citizen of this County to understand where development is permitted and where it is not.
“A clear understanding by the general public through the Rural Conservation Line is the surest way to safeguard our preservation lands for generations to come,” said Schuh.
The first bill to the County Council will be formally introduced November 7th.