The Tier Map Advisory Committee recently appointed by County Executive McCarthy has concluded its work. The Committee, consisting of Steve Balderston, John Bolinski, Amy Di Pietro, Carolyn Kappra, and F. Grove Miller, was tasked with creating a Tier Map to succeed the map that was adopted in December 2012.
During the month of March, the Committee conducted an extensive review of the original legislation (SB 236), a thorough review of the County’s efforts to provide a successor to the State, learned what other Counties are doing to cope with the legislation, and heard presentations from the Cecil Land Trust and the Cecil County Board of Realtors. The Committee weighed this data in the context of their mutual desire to protect property rights, safeguard the goals and objectives of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, and the understanding that any land decision to preserve, develop, or remain as is should be made by the landowners, not the State.
Accordingly, the Committee came to the conclusion that the Tier Map adopted by former County Executive Moore in December 2012 and incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan by the County Council in December 2016 is the County’s best option. This Map achieves the ultimate goal of protecting property rights and ensures that the goals and objectives of the Cecil County Comprehensive Plan are not rendered moot by excessive and unnecessary State legislation. The Committee recommendation to County Executive McCarthy is that the adopted December 2012 Tier Map remain in full force and effect.