The Baltimore County Council last night confirmed Lawrence E. Schmidt, 37, as the new zoning commissioner. He replaces J. Robert Haines in the $65,978-a-year post.
The confirmation vote was 6-0. Councilman William A. Howard 4th was absent. He was honeymooning in Orlando, Fla.
Schmidt's position is a sensitive one in county government because the commissioner has some say over land use. The position could become more powerful in a few months if changes planned for the development approval process are adopted by the council.
Under the proposed changes, Schmidt would become a kind of development czar with power to approve, restrict or deny permission for projects, using his subjective judgment in some cases.