10 When the county's Rural Land Use Study Commission held a hearing last spring to suggest alternatives to the one-house per 3-acre zoning in western Howard County, a boisterous, sometimes rowdy crowd of more than 300 people nearly forced them off the stage.
The seven-member ad-hoc commission had been appointed by the County Council in January to suggest ways cluster zoning could occur.
But most people attending the hearing were not interested in the commission's clustering scenarios.
If the county really wanted to preserve land, they said, it would continue the current one-house per3-acre zoning because nothing could be built between them and their neighbors' lots.
Clustering is the centerpiece of the administration's comprehensive rezoning package for western Howard County.
Theplan would rezone 49,579 rural acres still uncommitted to development by keeping new development as close as possible to existing development.