Citing demands of career, planning panel chief quits

January 27, 1993|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff Writer

Planning Board Chairwoman Kay Partridge, citing a lack of time for her law practice, said yesterday that she is resigning.

"I just can't keep up. When I leave here, I'm brain dead," Ms. Partridge told board members after a work session on comprehensive rezoning.

Ms. Partridge, 56, appointed to the board in 1989, said serving there made it difficult to do her job as a lawyer specializing in family issues such as divorce and child support.

"The fact is that the Planning Board takes a lot more time than is generally known. As a solo practitioner, it's more than I can handle."

Ms. Partridge had recently been critical of the comprehensive process, saying she feared Planning Board and Zoning Board hearings could amount to "an empty process repeating itself."

But she said her decision to resign was not made in frustration with the process, which she intends to follow through its conclusion.

"I'm going to give my report to the Zoning Board and I hope that they will not need me after that," Ms. Partridge said, estimating that she would be able to leave her post in mid-February and fill in occasionally until her successor is confirmed by the County Council.

She said she was enthusiastic about participating in the 1990 General Plan process. Comprehensive rezoning will put the plan's growth policies into effect, so Ms. Partridge said she thought it was a "logical time" to leave the board.

Ms. Partridge told County Executive Charles I. Ecker about her decision Monday.

"I really hate to see her go. She really has made a tremendous contribution to the Planning Board," Mr. Ecker said, adding that he understands Ms. Partridge's decision because of the "tremendous amount of time you have to put into this."

The county executive said he has not yet thought of candidates to replace Ms. Partridge.

Ms. Partridge, who lives near Glenelg, said she will continue to serve as a trustee for Howard County General Hospital.

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