Article X. Administration


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.


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.


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.


The Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing for all Sketch Plat at which parties in interest and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard. The time, place of said hearing along with the general location and a brief description of the subdivision shall be published in a paper of general circulation in Talbot County. Notice shall be published and property posted at least seven (7) days preceding the date on which the Planning Commission is scheduled to review said subdivision. No notice shall be required for those subdivisions which do not require sketch plat review.


The Town Engineer of Easton shall be the enforcement officer for these Regulations. If he shall find that any of the provisions of these Regulations are being violated, he 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.


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.