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Principal Planner Briefs Queen Anne’s County Democratic Club on Upcoming Ten-Year Comprehensive Plan
Queen Anne’s County Principal Planner Helen Spinelli spoke about the upcoming ten-year comprehensive planning process to members of the Democratic Club during their meeting at the Centerville Library on March 7.
Spinelli stated she expects the process for the 2020 plan to begin sometime this year. In describing the elements of the upcoming plan, Spinelli said, “as we move forward, we need to do the next level” with a focus on “three important issues: sea-level rise, aging in place, and traffic on the 50 and 301 corridor(s).”
Responding to a question about citizen participation in the process, Spinelli said, she did not know, but county commissioners would decide in a public hearing. Citing the success of its use in other jurisdictions, Spinelli also said, “I think I’m going to recommend a focus group (instead of the prior) standing committees, it’s a really good way to get much broader input.”
Earlier in her remarks, Spinelli credited Queen Anne’s County for having a “long history of a strong ethic for public participation,” and offered “the county commission is very receptive to hearing from you.”
Spinelli also announced after 15 years as Queen Anne’s County Chief of Community and Environmental and Principal Planner, she will be retiring this year and would not be involved in the county’s upcoming comprehensive plan.
Comparing the ten-year comprehensive planning process to “writing a Ph.D.,” Spinelli, said “I’ve done five or six plans and think there are only so many plans you have in your heart and head.”
Following Spinelli’s retirement announcement, Democratic Club President, Jim Coulter, commented, “Helen Spinelli has been a great asset to our county. Her expertise and energy have helped to successfully guide the county’s land use plans for years.”
Helen Spinelli’s career in Land Use and Community Planning spans more than 30 years in Maryland to include Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Caroline Counties. Also, an Adjunct Professor at Morgan State University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Spinelli is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Spinelli holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics from Fordham University and an Honors Economics Fellowship for Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada. Spinelli also is a trained community mediator. ... See MoreSee Less