Ecker expects planning board nominee to be confirmed

September 02, 1992|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff Writer

Ted Mariani, the new county Planning Board nominee, has plenty of experience when it comes to planning issues.

Mr. Mariani, 60, has been a practicing architect and development planner for 35 years. He has worked on projects ranging from university campuses in Washington to residential subdivisions in Prince George's County. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he served on the District of Columbia's Zoning Commission.

As chairman of the Rural Land Use Study Commission in Howard JTC County in June 1991, Mr. Mariani fielded menacing phone calls and was hooted down by residents over plans to rezone the western county.

Still, the Daisy resident said he doesn't mind jumping into the fray again. "Land use is a very sensitive thing, and people get very concerned about it, and rightfully so," he said after hearing last week of his nomination to the Planning Board by County Executive Charles I. Ecker.

"You have to take some of the grief and aggravation that comes with that, but as long as you know that you've done the right thing, it won't bother you," said Mr. Mariani.

Mr. Mariani will replace Nelson Fenwick, who resigned in June because of time conflicts.

"I think he has a lot of expertise in this area, and he does not do work in this county," Mr. Ecker said of the Washington architect. He added that he does not expect opposition from the County Council, which will vote on his confirmation Oct. 5.

While Mr. Fenwick was criticized by County Council members for his lack of experience in the planning and zoning area, Mr. Mariani is unlikely to have that problem during his confirmation hearing Sept. 21.

There will be other questions, however. "Because he is in some way related to the development business, we have to make sure there are no perceived conflicts," said County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, a Democrat who represents the eastern edge of the county.

Mr. Mariani, who has lived for 10 years at Oakdale, his 200-acre working farm, would join fellow western countian Kay Partridge, a Glenwood resident and chairman of the board.

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