(March 15, 2019) The Crabs to Go commercial properties received approval for state funding last Tuesday after the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved giving it the priority funding area designation.
A priority funding area is an existing place or community that receives funding for growth as deemed by local government, according to a proposal from the Worcester County Department of Environmental Programs.
Director Robert Mitchell said the Crabs to Go commercial properties were classified as S-1 (immediate or two years) in the master water and sewer plan.
However, he added the properties “were not included when the areas were established by the county after the 1997 priority funding area law.”
The Smart Growth Act of 1997 allows local government officials, like the Worcester County Commissioners, to choose areas they feel could benefit from state funding.
Mitchell said he and Planning Director Ed Tudor, “agreed these properties merit [priority funding area] designation.”
He added the property’s reclassification would also “help us with [funding for] a utilized bay restoration grant.”
Commissioner Chip Bertino moved to approve the priority funding area request for the Crabs to Go commercial area, with a second from Commissioner Jim Bunting.