"In the spring of 2016, Talbot County received a Working Waterfront Enhancement Grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help in the development of a village master plan to improve business opportunities in the Village of Tilghman, particularly along the Knapps Narrows waterfront, while also protecting traditional residential areas, and encouraging new amenities for both residents and visitors. The Plan will be based upon input and recommendations generated from local residents, businesspersons, watermen, and weekend visitors as part of a community survey and a series of three community work sessions to be held in the late summer and fall.
Recognizing the often competing interests between working watermen tourism-dependent businesses, or between long-time residents, newcomers, and weekend visitors, Talbot County strives, through the planning process, to balance these interests for the betterment and long-term viability of the community as a whole. The Talbot Council Council appointed an 11 member Tilghman Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), representing a broad range of interests, to begin identifying the isues and opportunities facing the village. Building upon earlier community planning efforts in Tilghman, the CAC identified the following issues, among others, to be addressed in the Plan:
Reduce barriers in local zoning regulations to encourage the expansion of existing water-related businesses and the attraction of new appropriately-scaled water-related industries and uses.
Find ways to use Tilghman unique character to attract heritage-based and nature-based tourism businesses and opportunities.
Encourage the building of new homes on existing lots that will complement the existing character of the community.
Promote the re-adaption and renovation of existing structures and houses to serve new purposes.
Work with state and county departments and agencies to coordinate improvements to existing roadways, public landings, and parks that support the goals of the community.
Explore ways to use the Tilghman School for other community needs.
Devise ways to increase pedestiran and bicycle safety within and through the village."
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