Zoning code revisions proposed by county to streamline services

March 09, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County planning department released yesterday a comprehensive series of proposed revisions to the county zoning code that would condense the code and standardize definitions, planning officials said.

Officials expect to submit a similarly comprehensive revision of county subdivision rules in the spring. The zoning code was last fully revised in 1971.

"It is my hope that this new legislation will make the zoning process more clear to the citizens and development community," said County Executive Janet S. Owens in a statement. "A concise, accurate code is an essential tool in land use management and streamlining our service to the public."

County Planning and Zoning Officer Joseph W. Rutter Jr. called the proposed changes "long overdue."

The planning department will accept public comment on the proposed changes. Planning officials expect to introduce the proposals as legislation in May. County Council hearings on the proposals would start in June.

The plan can be viewed at http://www.aacounty.org/PlanZone/index.cfm or at the planning office at 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis.

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