GERMANTOWN–Comments on the draft update of the town’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan addressed issues from lot size to language. And every person commenting at the June 1 public hearing thanked the volunteer committee for their months of work.
The meeting began with a bit of a kerfuffle from audience members who found it impractical to read on screen or print out the 109-page document or didn’t have a home computer. One copy had been provided to the Germantown Library June 1.
The committee extended the comment period to Thursday, June 8 and left five more copies of the draft at the library Friday, June 2.
Patricia Hinkein, proprietor of the real estate agency that bears her name, expressed concern that the draft update suggested an increase in some of the minimum lot acreages. “Don’t make parcels so large that people can’t afford them,” she said.
In response, committee co-chair Jason Shelton said that minimum acreage had not been a topic of discussion in committee meetings, and it was his understanding the minimums had not changed. He referred the group to Section 12, where the only suggested minimums are Rural Residential, two acres; Environmental Resource, five acres; and Agricultural Resource, 10 acres. Read more…