Talbot County, Maryland, is an extraordinary, unique place...not just like any other. It will remain that way only if citizens, acting together, can resist the excessive pressure for development and reestablish a modicum of integrity in how the County's land use approvals are implemented.
The poster child for bad development--a project that The Talbot Integrity Project says pollutes our waters, undermines the County's rural character, and was also improperly approved--is the Lakeside Project, a billion-dollar subdivision of 2500 homes and a great deal of commercial space to be built in a little town that today consists of 400 homes, with 1 stop light. Its questionable approval in 2020 was a tragedy for Talbot County. Other over-the-top projects will follow on its heels....think Poplar Hill.
Only 120 homes are yet underway at Lakeside, and because of a May 9th directive from the Maryland Department of Environment to the County that the sewer service map for Trappe must be corrected, Talbot County has an opportunity to FIX this situation, to reclassify property only properly designated for development by approval of the Planning Commission. The details are technical, but action by the County Council can assure that, beyond the 120 homes underway (which cannot be undone), all future phases of Lakeside must come before the Public Hearing and the Planning Commission for consideration anew.
That is the objective of the "FIX LAKESIDE INITIATIVE," to urge the County Council to do the right thing and simply adopt the proper sewer service map for our community.
If you support protecting Talbot County, please give generously. These funds will be used by the ad hoc Committee to Fix Lakeside to communicate with citizens about the effort being led by The Talbot Integrity Project to give the County some voice in what happens at Lakeside.
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[Note: contributions to this initiative are not tax-deductible.]