A proposed law that would give the county's planning and zoning director the power to deny approval for a development if public facilities couldn't support the growth was unveiled at a County Council work session Thursday.
The so-called adequate public facilities proposal was made by the seven-member county Services Study Commission, which has been examining the issue for about two years.
After the two-hour work session, council members said it could be another year of public hearings and revisions to the proposal before the county decides what the law would mandate. Adequate public facilities laws are designed to ensure public services keep pace with development.
"I think it's a very good initial document," said council Member Frederick J. Hatem, D-District F. "But as we pointed out tonight, we need more input from the Board of Education, the Department of Public Works and other departments to set the standards."
The proposal, presented by commission Chairman Craig A. Ward, of Frederick Ward Associates Inc., an engineering firm in Bel Air, would require the county planning and zoning department to monitor sewer, water and other services annually -- something that isn't done now. The data would be used to determine whether existing public facilities and services would be overwhelmed by additional development. Other aspects of the proposal include:
* A provision to phase-in development concurrent with improvements to remedy inadequacies.
* A requirement that the developer provide a cash deposit, letter of credit, surety bond or other financial security approved by the county attorney to cover all necessary costs before a final plat is recorded.
Councilman G. Edward Fielder, D-District F suggested that council decide Oct. 2 whether to begin holding public information sessions.