Support the 2020 Coalition Accord for Rural Communities, Montgomery County, MD

Support the 2020 Coalition Accord for Rural Communities, Montgomery County, MD

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Scott Plumer started this petition to MontgomeryCountyMDCountyCouncil

2020 COALITION ACCORD on RURAL COMMUNITIES       

                                       (C ARC 2020)

  • PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
  • PREVENT SPRAWL
  • CELEBRATE RURAL LIFE

We seek General Plan level and other legal protections for Rural Communities.  Rural Communities as referenced herein are areas that are outside the current sewer envelope.  The protections we seek are to 1a) ensure extremely high restrictions on sewer service and 1b) mitigate current and prevent future corridor level (highway and arterial) non-transit traffic in Rural Communities.

We seek explicit General Plan 2) acknowledgment of Rural Communities as a viable, desirable, vital, wholly appropriate, important type of development, place making, and way of life.

 

The Signatories implore the Planning Commission to work collaboratively to enumerate and the County Council to enact legislation required to specifically provide for and codify via Montgomery County’s new General Plan; and as otherwise required in other plans such as the Ten-Year Comprehensive Water Supply and Sewage Systems Plan and throughout the Montgomery County Code, Zoning Ordinance, and Code of Montgomery County Regulations (COMCOR); and work to effect the same with area, state, county, local jurisdictions, agencies, and commissions; and reiterate and reinforce at county operational levels; in a manner to cause:

 

1.      Protections for areas that are outside the current sewer envelope to ensure

a.      Extremely high restrictions on sewer service, and  

b.      Mitigation of current and prevention of future corridor level (highway and arterial) non-transit traffic in these areas.

 

2.      Recognition of Rural Communities and their vital characteristics. 

Rural living is resilient, healthy, equitable living in a sustainable, harmonious coexistence with the natural environment and heritage sites.  Stewardship of all ecosystem components, especially regionally critical systemic components such as native plants, watersheds, groundwater and soils is the prime guiding factor in planning human activities in Rural Communities.  Curation of heritage sites and their surrounds is an exceptional feature of Rural Communities.   Open spaces, low levels of impervious surfaces, and low occupancy densities span the entirety of Rural Communities.  Rural Communities strive for sufficiency in production and consumption of water, food, energy, and waste disposal, first and foremost with local resources.

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