Bissett backs moratorium on housing building permits

GOP candidate says freeze needed to study planning

August 16, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Phillip D. Bissett, a Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County executive, announced his economic development and land preservation platform yesterday.

Bissett, a former state legislator who lives in Mayo, said that if elected, he would freeze new residential building permits for three months to take stock of the county's long-range planning and land-use agencies. Commercial projects would not be affected by the moratorium, he said.

Bissett criticized County Executive Janet S. Owens, a Democrat from Millersville, for allowing too much development and creating sprawl. Bissett, who backed Gov. Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth programs while serving in the House of Delegates, said his administration would manage growth while preserving open space.

"I don't think these things have to be adversarial," said Bissett, who faces Tom Angelis, a Republican from Davidsonville, in the Sept. 10 primary election.

Bissett said he would attract investment to the county by "taking care of existing business."

Recently, the Owens administration celebrated the preservation of nearly 10,000 acres of rural and farm land. According to a spokesman, about 40 percent of that land has been preserved since Owens took office four years ago.

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