Now that would-be community activists are arming themselves with a new system to notify them of development plans, the Howard County Citizens Association and county planners will teach them how to use the new weapon in Clarksville tomorrow night.
On Oct. 5, the County Council passed legislation requiring the Department of Planning and Zoning to send out a list of new subdivision plans every other week to anyone willing to pay $5 a year or to any group willing to pay a $10 annual fee.
"A lot of times people have no idea that something is happening until the bulldozer shows up," said Planning Board member Joan Lancos, who said she and other planning board members support any effort to get the public more involved in county planning.
To let people know what to do after they get notice of a development they're interested in, HCCA and county planners have scheduled the workshop from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Pointer's Run Elementary School, Guilford and Trotter roads.
The seminar will first outline how people and organizations can subscribe to the new service. The mailers were the brainchild of Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, who got her start in county politics opposing the Bowling Brook Farms development near her former Savage home.
County planners will then walk participants through the county planning and regulatory process, explaining everything from the General Plan to requirements for adequate facilities and the protection of trees and wetlands.