Rezoning farm for a golf course makes sense ...We have...

LETTERS

August 08, 1999

Rezoning farm for a golf course makes sense ...

We have been following with interest the recent stories about the Rash farm in southern Carroll County. Much of the focus has been on the rights of the Rash brothers to sell their property and live a comfortable retirement. This has been balanced by the desire to retain rural farm land.

We've lived In the Sykesville/Eldersberg area since 1980 and my wife has taught in the Carroll County school system since 1971. We moved, here for the affordable housing, but have welcomed the growth in services and conveniences that have come over the years.

We both enjoy golfing and for years have traveled to Westminster (at the nearest), or to Howard or Baltimore counties to find a goff course. We were thrilled to hear in 1990 that plans called for a golf course a few miles from our home.

Of course, we were extremely disappointed when thc rezoning plan was disapproved. Now that the rezoning proposal is again in the news, we are happy to hear it, and are especially pleased that there seems to be more support for it from the commissioners. Change Is inevitable. While all of us who live here would like to see it as it was in 1950, we who live here are the very reason it can't be that way. The area is no longer rural and it will change for better or for worse. Proportionately, there needs to be more recreational facilities in the southern part of the county to ba!ance the increase in population growth.

A golf course with 40 or 50 homes surrounding it is an excellent use of this property.

We urge support of this rezoning proposal.

Dirk Noding

Linda Nordling

Sykesville

...But not if the county is serious about agriculture

The paramount responsibility of Carroll County's elected and appointed officials is to provide wise leadership that is consistent with the county's policies.

I am writing to express my opposition to the Rash Brothers Partnership's request for rezoning of its property. To grant such a request would contradict and undermine the county's agricultural preservation program's goal to preserve, in private ownership, approximately 100,000 acres of viable farmland in agricultural land preservation districts.

Approving the Rash Brothers Partnership's request would be an example of "spot zoning." Such action would weaken the county's zoning plan and could open the door to many other rezoning requests.

I agree wholeheartedly with the remarks of Bill Powel, director of our county's farmland preservation program, as quoted in The Sun July 27 ("Fighting for the land"): "I think that if the permanency of zoning is weakened, there will be less incentive to put farms in the agricultural preservation program."

I write as a citizen, a native of our county, a father and grandfather, a homeowner, a small- business owner of long-standing, part-owner of one of the county's loveliest family farms and as an ardent supporter of Carroll County's long-established commitment to the preservation of farmland. I urge our county commissioners to give the Rash Brothers Partnership's rezoning request their most careful consideration and to apply to it the wisest and soundest stewardship. Our county's well-being is very much at stake.

Tim Bryson

Westminster

There must be better way for kids to cool off

Was the photo of children playing in water spurting from a West Baltimore fire hydrant, which appeared in The Sun, taken before or after impending mandatory water-use restrictions were announced?

How many gallons of water were wasted in this way while southern Carroll County residents have been under restrictions with Liberty Reservoir half-empty?

Perhaps the fire department could come up with a more water-efficient way to cool off city kids next summer, something like the "mist tent" at the Baltimore Zoo, or a simple piece of plumbing that could be duplicated cheaply, distributed widely, and retrieved and stored at the end of the summer?

D. Mueller

Eldersburg

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