The candidates for Carroll County commissioner on the Nov. 8 ballot, Republicans Donald I. Dell, Richard T. Yates and W. Benjamin Brown, and Democrats Elmer C. Lippy, Rebecca A. Orenstein and Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, were asked to respond to the following questions: What existing measures will you use to control Carroll County's residential growth? What new measures are needed? Their responses appear below:
I support effective controls on residential growth including the following measures:
* Master plan (Both in the county and within Carroll's municipalities): The growth we see today is largely as a result of the existing master plan. This plan was developed years ago, altered over time and now needs review. The county and municipalities must work together to control growth since the county has no legal zoning jurisdiction inside of the municipalities. The needed changes include less dense development in zones already planned for future development.
* Agricultural land preservation: The purchase of development easements in agricultural areas will serve to limit residential growth and preserve viable agricultural uses for the future. The effect of this program will be critical to the rural character of this
county. Carroll County has one of the most successful agricultural land preservation programs in the nation. I encourage continued support of this program. I also support programs, education and legislation which will allow agricultural uses to co-exist with residents.
* Existing residential growth limitation in the agricultural zone: In 1978, substantial limitations were imposed on subdivision of land in the agricultural zone. This had an extreme adverse impact on the equity of all owners of agricultural land. It also substantially limited concentrated residential growth of land within the agricultural zone. I support the continuation of these zoning provisions and see no need for future amendment.
* 25-lot per calendar quarter rule: This rule limited the recording of 100 lots per year per subdivision in a public water and sewer service area in the county (not within Municipalities). I support and will continue to work for a revision to the rule which will limit recording of lots to a maximum of 50 per year. I will also urge the municipalities to adopt a similar rule.
* Adequate public facilities legislation:
This law allows the planning commission of the county and most municipalities to deny approval to record a subdivision plat for new residential lots. Any denial must be based on the inadequacy of facilities such as schools, roads, public sewer, public water, police, fire protection, etc. The denial, sometimes called a moratorium, is disruptive to government, industry and the community affected. However, I will support a moratorium if and when it is necessary.
Residential growth will continue based on demand. However, our growth rate must be managed at a moderate rate which will match our financial ability to provide adequate facilities. There is no magic answer to the limitation and control of growth.