Balto. Co. zoning commissioner OK'd

September 17, 1991

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.

The planning board is considering the proposed law changes now, and they will then go to the council.

Schmidt, a Republican and an attorney, is a former member of the county Board of Appeals. He was nominated by County Executive Roger B. Hayden.

Haines has returned to the county Office of Law.

In other action, the council approved the receipt of $100,000 worth of executive office furniture, shelving and some electronic office equipment from McCormick & Co. Inc.

The furniture is to be used in the new county Public Safety Headquarters in the 700 block of E. Joppa Road.

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