Step up as a citizen of Calvert County

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us dare to do our duty, as we understand it.” Abe Lincoln

The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at the Calvert Pines Auditorium on Dares Beach Road to consider the Comprehensive Plan approved by the Planning Commission. To read the Plan, click here. The process to submit comments is provided at the bottom of this blog.

Last chance to make a difference. There are just two public hearings left before a new Comprehensive Plan is adopted. Please take some time to learn about it and write or say what you think about a document that will affect your property values, the quality of and cost of your public services, and your quality of life.

Some say that a comprehensive plan is only a vision. In fact it contains 10 visions but it is much more than that. It is the County’s policy document and all plans, ordinances, and budgets are to be based on and used to implement the Plan until a new plan is adopted. So if you own land in Calvert, rent a home in Calvert, or work in Calvert, you should care what it has to say.

For those who have tried to read the Plan and look for changes in policy, feel your pain. As far as we know, the consultant never reviewed the old Plan to see what had been accomplished, what had not been accomplished, and what actions should be carried on into the new Plan. There was never a public discussion as to why old policies were deleted and new ones added. The new town center maps don’t show the old boundaries clearly for comparison purposes and the expansions have never been explained in a public session.

All that said, the public needs to make its own opinions known so that the Board of County Commissioners can make its own decisions. SCN’s mission includes the following: “to achieve a future for Calvert County that fully integrates farming, fishing, natural and cultural resources, along with economic and societal needs”. Our member groups have been attending all the meetings, and you can read the recommendations of seven of the groups on the blog posted previously that you might want to consider.

Abe Lincoln’s quote that begins this blog is a clever twist from the more common phrase that might makes right. This aphorism is often an excuse for inaction–that the rich and powerful control everything so why bother. But that does not have to be the case and I have to believe that is not the case with this Board of County Commissioners when regular citizens state their case. So what are you doing on the 30th? We will only know if Lincoln was correct in saying right means might if we show up and participate!

Individuals may submit written comments. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Written comments will be accepted at the BOCC’s public hearing up until the BOCC closes the record; people delivering comments to the hearing should bring fifteen copies for the BOCC, staff, and the media.