TODAY’S INFORMATION

Current Updates and News for Citizens

OXFORD DAY – APRIL 22, 2017

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The NEW OXFORD DIRECTORY has been distributed. You can contact Henry Hale at oxforddirectory@gmail.com with any questions.

Welcome to Oxford, Maryland

A charming, tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of less than 1000, Oxford is one of the oldest towns in America and has a long history in maritime activities. Early in the day, you will still find local watermen at the town dock unloading the catch of the day. You can watch the sailboats arriving from all over the bay to dine at the various local restaurants our town has to offer.

While other waterfront towns have succumbed to waterfront condos and glitz, Oxford has retained its historic charm. The tourism and leisure activities are fueled by people's desire for quiet charm, fresh air, summer breezes, and a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life.

El Galeon Andalucia: A Cheaspeake Journey

"El Galeon Andalucia: A Cheaspeake Journey" traces the 16th century replica ship's path from two of its ports of call in September 2014 -- Baltimore to Oxford,MD. Watch the ship move through the Bay, under the iconic spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and on to a welcome in Oxford, where you'll climb aboard and see just how authentic to its heritage this vessel really is. This documentary-style piece runs about 10 minutes. Brought to you courtesy of I-4 Video of Easton.

https://vimeo.com/115258621

Town Government News and Notices

Below is a link to the Oxford Waterfront Community Survey. The survey was prepared by our recently contracted professional team of Lardner/Klein based on their proposal to address the Scope of Work you will find below this paragraph. In addition to reaching out to available group emails, the survey notice is posted on the town bulletin board and hard copies are available at the office and the link has been included on our Facebook page. This is only one step in this process, which will also include three more town meetings.

The SURVEY IS CLOSED but the results can be accessed on line at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Oxford_Waterfront

Oxford Working Waterfront Strategic Plan Scope of Work

The Town of Oxford is a small historic port town situated on the Tred Avon River, which is intersected by Town Creek, and empties into the Choptank River. The Port of Oxford historically acted as an international shipping center, but it’s dominate uses transitioned from shipping to seafood and ship building in the mid-18th century. By the late 1900’s, the boatyards that formerly built skipjacks and bugeyes began building and maintaining high quality yachts for recreational use. The sustainability of Oxford is dependent on the successful continuation of these maritime industries, the employment they provide, the tax revenues they produce, and their attraction to the boating community, tourists and future residents. Recreational spending habits, changing environmental regulations and permitting requirements, and reduced profit margins all impact their success. Recognizing these threats to water-dependent businesses, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan prioritizes economic sustainability of waterfront industries, as well as preservation of the town’s water dependent heritage.

The Town has spent the last several years seriously addressing environmental and economic issues facing their waterfront community, including stormwater and flood management, shoreline protection and infrastructure, sea level rise vulnerability, community sustainability, and economic development for the historic commercial area. While working towards the overarching goal of sustainability, the working waterfront was identified as a key component for success. Thus, a strategic plan is needed that builds on previous environmental and economic initiatives, promotes sound and sustainable redevelopment, and considers environmental sensitivities.

The Town of Oxford will enlist a third-party consultant to develop a Working Waterfront Strategic Plan. Competitive proposals from the planning community will be sought to compete the following tasks in support of the strategic plan.

The consultant will take a comprehensive look at the current businesses and uses found along the Oxford waterfront; address the economic and environmental issues or limitations that may hinder the sustainability of the working waterfront; engage the public in visioning exercises; and produce a Strategic Plan for maritime industries that will incorporate previous economic and environmental initiatives. Town staff will assist the contracted planner as needed, specifically with implementation of citizen engagement, workgroups, and other visioning activities. This process will allow the Town to envision the future of the waterfront that will promote the viability of maritime industries in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

Task Outcomes

1. Working Waterfront Strategic Plan
The Working Waterfront Strategic Plan will be adopted by resolution by the Commissioners of Oxford as the economic development plan for the commercial waterfront community, and will be formally incorporated into the Oxford Comprehensive Plan during the next review. Any changes recommended to the Oxford Zoning Code will be reviewed by the Oxford Planning Commission and the Oxford Town Commissioners for adoption as an ordinance. The plan will identify and support the next steps in the ongoing effort to stabilize and promote sustainability within the working waterfront industries.

Deliverables: Draft Working Waterfront Strategic Plan and public workshops, which will inform plan development. The draft strategic plan will include findings, recommendations, funding and technical resources, and potential next steps in redeveloping Oxford’s working waterfront to reach Oxford’s goal of an economically and environmentally sustainable waterfront. The strategic plan will be made available online, providing an example of a more comprehensive approach to strategic planning for smaller port communities.

Recently approved Ordinances:


These are for informational purposes only, the original documents are stored in the Oxford Town Office and these changes will be incorporated into the official Town of Oxford Code.

By Authority: Commissioners of Oxford, 101 Market Street, Oxford Maryland.

Oxford Working Waterfront Strategic Plan
PUBLIC WORKSHOP/INFORMATION MEETING

A workshop will be held with our Waterfront Business Interests to kick off the development of a strategic plan for Oxford’s Working Waterfront areas on Thursday, May 25, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Community Services Building at 101 Market Street in Oxford.

The Town-sponsored plan will address the needs of Oxford’s waterfront areas, which include the boat building and repair businesses and other maritime commercial areas and public lands.

The economic sustainability of Oxford and its quality of life are dependent on the successful continuation of these maritime industries, the employment they provide, the tax revenues they produce, and their attraction to the boating community, visitors, and future residents.

The Town also recognizes the changing circumstances that are impacting the economics of its maritime industries, including shifting demographics, demand, and spending habits of the leisure travel market.

The Town is looking for new ideas and suggestions about how to enhance the economic sustainability of the Town’s waterfront industries, while maintaining the strong sense of place that makes Oxford’s waterfront unique and special.

The plan will establish goals in support of Oxford’s working waterfronts. It will include economic development recommendations, identification of new and creative marketing options, potential resources, funding opportunities, and priority actions to support progress towards achievement of the goals. It will also identify potential opportunities to incorporate more best management practices for stormwater management and shoreline protection to support coastal resilience.

The strategic plan will:

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided funding for the strategic plan. DNR’s Working Waterfronts Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote and assist with the preservation of existing and historic working waterfronts in Maryland. The Town was awarded a FY 2017 Working Waterfront Enhancement Grant to develop the strategic plan.

The Town of Oxford has retained a team led by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, PC, to assist in the development of the waterfront strategic plan. The plan will be developed based upon the input provided at the meeting. The Town is in the process of forming a working waterfront committee to assist in the development of the plan. A second public meeting will be held in late summer prior to the plan’s anticipated completion by September 2017.

For more information please contact: Cheryl Lewis, Town Administrator

Please read the presentation from the Environmental Finance Center Here and the Final Report Here.

LETTER TO THE CITIZENS REGARDING A STORMWATER / SHORELINE PROTECTION UTILITY AND FEE.


ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available this year’s annual drinking water report. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day.

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, please pick up a copy of this 2016 drinking water quality report at the Oxford Town Office or download here .