Montgomery County’s planning board will have $250,000 more to spend on amending the Clarksburg Master Plan for the area around Ten Mile Creek.
The County Council opened the master plan for amendment last month in an effort to resolve lingering concerns surrounding development in the watershed of Ten Mile Creek, a healthy stream that feeds Montgomery County’s drinking water supply.
The supplemental money approved Tuesday will pay for environmental, economic and traffic analysis necessary for amending the master plan.
About $200,000 will pay for the environmental analysis, $30,000 for an economic analysis and $20,000 will pay to study traffic.
The amendment is expected to be completed in about a year.
At issue is reconciling future development in the final stage of Clarksburg’s master plan with the water quality of Ten Mile Creek, which has been degraded from nearby development.
Developers fear an amendment could freeze progress in the Clarksburg area, while environmental advocates fear further degradation of the creek if steps are not taken to protect it.
About 10 miles from of the mouth of Monocacy River, the cold waters of Ten Mile Creek played a critical role in the region’s agricultural trade as a watering hole for livestock driven to ports in Baltimore and Annapolis, said Norman Mease, whose family has owned and farmed land cut by the creek’s flow.
Ten Mile Creek also feeds Little Seneca Creek and the Little Seneca Reservoir, which is a water source for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s supply to Montgomery County.