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Bill Kastning

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Smart Growth and Watershed Implementation Plans Panelist

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Bill Kastning

  1. 1. Smart Growth Panel “Rural Town Perspective” ~ Town of Denton www.dentonmaryland.com Caroline County, Maryland
  2. 2. Where Is Denton, MD?
  3. 3. Choptank River Watershed
  4. 4. Some Denton Highlights <ul><li>4,000+/- Residents </li></ul><ul><li>5.2 Square Miles (half agriculture) </li></ul><ul><li>County Seat amidst Agrarian Area </li></ul><ul><li>Straddles Choptank River (tidal) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only MD Major Waterway with Increase in Nitrogen (over last three decades) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 6 Miles of Tidal Waterfront </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many Environmental Amenities </li></ul>
  5. 5. An MD “Annexation Mecca”
  6. 6. Denton Aerial
  7. 7. Natural Resources <ul><li>Other maps </li></ul>
  8. 8. Streams
  9. 9. Tier II Waters
  10. 10. Critical Area Designations
  11. 11. Resource Conservation Areas
  12. 12. Forest Cover
  13. 13. Denton’s Clean Water Goals <ul><li>Sustainable and Equitable Development </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Amount of Land per Capita </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Amount of Stormwater per Capita </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Streams </li></ul><ul><li>Retain Forests </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Wetlands and other Sensitive Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Manage and Sustain Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Create and Integrate Parks, Trails and Greenways </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain Viable Resource Conservation Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a Growth Boundary </li></ul><ul><li>Manage Water Resources Effectively (water, wastewater & stormwater) </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize Infill Development and Redevelopment </li></ul><ul><li>Balance Residential and Non-Residential </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances </li></ul>
  14. 14. What We’ve Done <ul><li>Updated Comp. Plan, Land Subdivision & Zoning Ordinances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More “Graceful” Expansion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed Use Development (PUD/PN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased Densities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited Future Annexations to Non-Residential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created Greenbelt (Urban / Rural Boundary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defined Trails, Greenways, Parks and Open Spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protected All Environmental Resource Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Non-Residential Growth (uses less water resources) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided More Local Employment Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Infill and Redevelopment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Density Now Based upon Net Area (No Longer Gross Area) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Updated Stormwater Management Ordinance (ESD to MEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Established Water and Wastewater Capacity Management Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Utilized Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in the Caroline County WIP Pilot </li></ul>
  15. 15. Land Uses
  16. 16. Zoning
  17. 17. Redevelopment Area
  18. 18. What We Plan to Do <ul><li>Update Forest Conservation Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Update Critical Area Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Add Stormwater Management Responsibility to Utility Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable Fee Structure for SW Maintenance, Upgrades and Retrofits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant to ENR </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt Green Building Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to Acquire Trolleys for Intra-Town Transport (TOD) </li></ul><ul><li>Green our Streets – Retrofit SW Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Locate New School in Town (where infrastructure exists) </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt Best Management Practices for Agriculture (replicating County Initiatives) </li></ul><ul><li>Map Existing Stormwater Facilities and Prioritize Retrofits </li></ul><ul><li>Determine Priority Funding Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Seek Grants/Funding for Mapping Existing SW Facilities and Regenerative Retrofits </li></ul>
  19. 19. Some Lessons Learned <ul><li>Protecting the Environment Is Possible with Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances </li></ul><ul><li>Growth Can Be Equitable and Sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>TMDL’s Can Be Accommodated </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Ahead of the Curve Is Possible </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining County Concurrence is Achievable </li></ul><ul><li>Be Careful about Annexation Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Be Careful with Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements </li></ul>

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