An opportunity to shape the future Anne Arundel County: Citizens needed this month to mold new residential zoning.

September 09, 1997

BY PASSING THE General Development Plan, the Anne Arundel County Council has begun -- not ended -- a process of developing a new land-use blueprint for the county's future.

The GDP, passed unanimously, is a broad outline of where development should take place. Work now begins on drawing up the detailed rules that govern new development and specifying how these subdivisions will mesh with existing communities.

Residential zoning governs most land use in largely suburban Anne Arundel. Eighty percent of the county's 261,251 acres (leaving out the city of Annapolis, which has its own rules) falls into the residential zone. Of the remaining 20 percent of the county's land, 11 percent is recreational or open space, 6 percent is industrial and 3 percent is commercial.

The zoning and subdivision codes specify the shape, size and much of the appearance of new residential developments. The rules run the gamut from setting the number of lots per acre to whether a new subdivision needs sidewalks to the amount of open space developers must provide for parks, schools and other public uses. The zoning rules also govern the approval process and the amount and nature of public participation. Under the proposed rules, the public will be notified earlier in the application process and will be allowed to comment in the early stages of subdivision reviews.

Citizen participation is as crucial to this part of the process as it was to the GDP's creation.

This Saturday, the county's Department of Planning and Code Enforcement will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Anne Arundel Community College cafeteria to review the existing residential zoning code and subdivision rules.

On Sept. 30, planners will meet with citizens from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Anne Arundel County government canteen, 2262 Riva Road, Annapolis, concerning subdivision rules.

If residents are unhappy with past development, this is their opportunity to influence the restrictions that will govern future building.

The schedule for these changes is tight. The new rules will be presented to the County Council for approval later this fall. Residents should not forgo this chance to make known their wishes for the future.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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