Article X. Administration

SECTION 1000 HARDSHIP

Where the Planning and Zoning Commission finds that extraordinary hardships may result from strict compliance with these Regulations, it may modify the Regulations so that substantial justice may be done and the public interest secured, provided that such modification will not have the effect of nullifying the intent and purpose of these Regulations or of modifying any provision of any other ordinance of the Town of Easton.

SECTION 1001 CONDITIONS

In granting modifications, the Planning and Zoning Commission may require such conditions as will, in its judgment, secure substantially the objectives of the standards or requirements so modified.

Section 1002 FEES

A plat review fee shall be collected upon the submittal and each subsequent submittal of a sketch plan. A subdivision application fee shall be collected at the time of filing of a Preliminary Plat. This fee shall be based on the number of lots in the subdivision and is a one time fee as long as the Preliminary Plat is based on the approved sketch plat. When a Preliminary Plat is submitted which is based on a revised sketch plat, a new subdivision application fee shall be collected. There shall be no fee for the initial review of a final plat. When a plat has to be reviewed more than once, a plat review fee shall be collected for each submittal of the final plat.

A plat review fee shall be collected for a boundary line amendment or a minor subdivision. All fees shall be in accordance with the fee schedule of charges adopted by resolution of the Town Council.

SECTION 1003 SEVERABILITY

It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent that:

  1. If the court declares any provisions of these Regulations to be invalid or ineffective in whole or in part, the effect of such decision shall be limited to those provisions which are expressly stated in the decision to be invalid or ineffective, and all other provisions of these Regulations shall continue to be separately and fully effective.
  2. If the court finds the application of any provision or provisions of these Regulations to any lot, building, or other structure, or tract of land, to be invalid or ineffective, in whole or in part, the effect of such decision shall be limited to the person, property, or situation immediately involved in the controversy, and the application of any such provision to other persons, property, or situations shall not be affected.

SECTION 1004 PUBLIC HEARING

The Planning Commission shall consider all Sketch Plats at a Public Meeting. Such meeting may be the Commission’s Regular Monthly Meeting or when determined appropriate by the Commission, a Special Meeting. At such meeting, all parties in interest and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard. The time, place, and location of said meeting along with the general location and a brief description of the subdivision shall be published in a paper of general circulation in Talbot County. In addition, the property shall be posted at least seven (7) days preceding the date on which the Planning Commission is scheduled to review said subdivision and notice to adjoining property owners shall be provided as specified for other development application types (e.g., site plans) in the Zoning Code. No notice shall be required for those subdivisions which do not require sketch plat review.

SECTION 1005 ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

The Town Engineer of Easton shall be the enforcement officer for these Regulations. If they find that any of the provisions of these Regulations are being violated, they shall notify in writing the person responsible for such violation and take such action as may be necessary to prevent the violation of these Regulations, including obtaining a court injunction to discontinue the transfer, sale, or negotiations for sale of illegal lots or parcels; or any action authorized herein.

SECTION 1006 APPEALS

Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Town Engineer in approving or denying a subdivision under the terms of these Regulations shall have the right to appeal said decision to the Easton Board of Zoning Appeals under the terms and provisions set forth in Chapter 28 (Zoning) of the Code of the Town of Easton.