Council delays land preservation bill vote

February 08, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Howard County Council tabled a bill last night that would allow the sale of development rights by people living on at least 20 acres in rural residential zones that are contiguous to parkland.

The bill, sponsored by council Chairman Guy Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat, would help a woman who has a horse farm on land next to Schooley Mill Park, and who wants to preserve the land while still profiting from her right to develop it. He said there are other places in the county where the law could apply, allowing preservation of more rural land.

Currently, development rights may be transferred from land zoned for rural conservation, but not from rural residential land.

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