When Theodore F. Mariani tried to talk about cluster zoning conceptsin western Howard County four months ago, he was nearly hooted off the stage by a standing-room only crowd.
Last week, he was able to speak without interruption for 45 minutes as he presented to the County Council and county executive the final report from the Rural Residential Land Use Study Commission.
This time, the room was nearly empty as Mariani summarized the commission's recommendations that the county continue to support and strengthen its agricultural land preservation program, and that clusterzoning in the General Plan be refined and implemented.
Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, said the council would meet this week to decide which of three options take regarding the commission's "superb" report.
The council could ignore the report, draft ways to implement it, or send it the executive for his recommendations, Gray said.
The council will not sponsor a public hearing on the report, Gray said.
In June, a boisterous crowd of more than 300 lambasted the commission for suggesting alternatives to the one-house-per-3-acre zoning now governing rural western Howard County.