Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

November 09, 2003

Treat HRD like any other developer

The Howard County Council, sitting as the Zoning Board for Howard County, is currently considering Howard Research and Development's request for 2,141 additional density units in New Town, a decision that will be more far-reaching and costly to taxpayers than even Comprehensive zoning. In my opinion, granting this request would constitute an unjustifiable give-away to HRD, with the county getting absolutely nothing in return except more traffic headaches and more schools to build.

Additionally, as presented it would, in my opinion, enable HRD to sell any new "density" deemed unnecessary for the company's own purposes separate from the land on which these additional residential units would be built: in essence, to sell the land twice. Not only is there no precedent for such separation of density from property, but the cost would jeopardize some other much-needed redevelopment projects such as the proposed Kirby senior-housing project in the village of Oakland Mills.

HRD has already been given millions of dollars of tax and competitive advantages over other developers by the county and the state. It is time for the County to treat HRD just like any other developer.

E. Alexander Adams

Glenwood

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