September 28, 2005


An Anne Arundel County hearing officer heard last week the case of Daryl C. Wagner, who built a 3,500-square-foot home five years ago on Little Island without county approval.

Wagner is seeking retroactive variances for the house on the nearly 2-acre island. County zoning officials are backing the request on the grounds that the house was built farther from the shoreline than the structure that had stood there.

But the county law office has filed suit, seeking to tear down Wagner's buildings, which are located within 1,000 feet of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a state-regulated critical area. The Magothy River Association, an environmental group, and the executive director of the state Critical Area Commission also favor demolishing the house, a replica lighthouse and other structures.


Should a property owner who builds a house without county approval be required to tear it down? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your response short, and include your name, address and daytime phone number. A selection of responses will be published Sunday.

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