ANNAPOLIS — Carroll's planning director has sent a letter sharply criticizing a state-proposed growth management plan to the county's legislative delegation in anticipation of upcoming hearings on the issue.
In the letter, Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman says the Maryland Growth and Chesapeake Bay Protection Act "seeks to impose a hastily conceived land use control system on 23 counties and 156 municipalities with little or no regard or knowledge of the effects and implications such a law will have on people, the land, institutions in the community, local governments and their comprehensive plans."
Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, and Delegates Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, Howard, and Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, Baltimore, are on committees that will consider the proposal. The HouseEnvironmental Matters Committee will have a hearing on the bill at 1p.m. Feb. 28.
The bill is based on recommendations from the 2020 Commission, appointed by the governor to evaluate the impact of growth and suggest ways to curtail Maryland's rapid loss of forest and farmland. It would require local jurisdictions to classify each acre of land in one of four categories, based on its suitability for development. The state Office of Planning would approve or disapprove of the plans by the end of 1993. Performance standards would be developed toguide growth.
Many local officials from across the state -- including Carroll's commissioners -- have criticized the plan, calling it an attempt by the state to undermine local planning and zoning powers. The commission's chairman denies that claim, saying that local jurisdictions will maintain the power to decide where they should grow and how land should be zoned.
In the letter, Cueman says the proposal would centralize "police power" over planning and zoning at the state level. Such a plan would violate the principles on which American government is based, he says.
"The people of the state of Maryland, with a strong tradition for strong and active county and municipal government, could not long tolerate a system of central state controlwhere counties and municipalities are essentially relegated to carrying out the edict and orders of the state," he says.
To a great extent, Carroll's Master Plan conforms to the commission's goals of concentrating population growth in developed areas and preserving farmland and resources, Cueman says. The proposed act could interfere with a plan already advancing those goals, he says. Instead, the state should work with counties and municipalities to reinforce and enhance planning programs that are in place and working well, he says.
Commission members say that growth has been poorly managed in recent yearsby many local jurisdictions, creating environmental, economic development, and infrastructure problems.
Cueman echoes the complaints of many landowners who have argued that proposed state standards wouldreduce the equity of their land and interfere with currently held property rights.
COLLEGE MONEY AVAILABLE
Senatorial scholarships -- ranging from $200 to $1,500 per year -- are available for students planning to attend a college or certain career schools in Maryland.
Scholarships are available for undergraduate, graduate, degree and non-degree programs as well as part- and full-time students.
The money may also be used for schools outside of Maryland if students arepursuing a degree not offered by an institution in the state.
Applicants must submit a completed financial aid form to the College Scholarship Service in Princeton, N.J., and have taken the SAT or ACT examination by March 1.
Financial aid forms are available from high school guidance offices or the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
After the forms are processed, applications from this district are forwarded to Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, along with the applicants' eligibility information.
Recipients and amounts are decided by individual senators.
Test requirements are waived for Marylanders who graduated from high school five years prior to applying, who have completed a year of college or are planning to attend a private career school or community college.
Low test scores will not eliminate anyone from consideration.
Awards are announced the beginning of June by officialletter from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Information: (301) 974-5370 or 841-3683.
HOW TO REACH DELEGATION
Carroll County has a six-member legislative delegation to the General Assembly for 1991:
* Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore. Annapolis (301) 841-3683; in Carroll, 876-4530 or 876-6564.
* Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard. Annapolis (301) 841-3704.
* Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll. Annapolis (301) 841-3371; inCarroll, 848-6943.
* Delegate Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, Howard. Annapolis (301) 841-3371; in Carroll, 848-5373.
* Delegate Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, Baltimore. Annapolis (301) 841-3109; in Baltimore County, (301) 461-5548.
* Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll. Annapolis (301) 841-3371; in Carroll, 239-3400.