A two-day environmental review was to begin today in Hampstead, giving town officials and residents technical assistance from regional experts to protect natural resources in development and revitalization projects.
The program, called Community Environmental Review (CER), is the first of its kind in Maryland, said Susan Hall, spokeswoman for the Center For Chesapeake Communities, a private, nonprofit organization co-sponsoring the event with Hampstead, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Program and the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee.
Tour starts weekend
Today's agenda was to include a tour to acquaint the experts with Hampstead's planned revitalization of its business district and the development of an unimproved 400-acre industrial-zoned site at the north end of town.
Residents can participate in workshops that begin at 8: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the town hall. Topics will include innovative design techniques and strategies for revitalizing the downtown business district, including financing options, design guidelines and ordinance revisions.
The review concludes with a summary discussion at 1: 45 p.m. tomorrow. A written report from the CER Team will be presented to town officials in a few weeks, Hall said.
CER follows earlier award
Hampstead became eligible for the CER program after earning status as a Chesapeake Bay Partner Community in another nonprofit private program supporting local governments that strive to protect the local environment and the bay.
Pub Date: 1/29/99