Building-moratorium measures narrowly defeated by the Baltimore County Council

November 08, 2005|By JOSH MITCHELL | JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER

The Baltimore County Council narrowly defeated measures last night that would have imposed building moratoriums in several older communities.

A bill by Council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder called for the county to stop issuing permits for new homes in the Overlea/Fullerton area until creation of a community growth plan. A similar bill by Bartenfelder and Councilman Vincent J. Gardina applied to the Carney and Parkville areas. Both failed on 4-3 votes.

The north county's councilman, T. Bryan McIntire, the only Republican member, voted against both and said he opposed using moratoriums to derail unpopular housing projects.

"Every time someone doesn't want something in their district, they're using the moratorium to stall it," said McIntire, adding that moratoriums could lead to a lawsuit against the county.

Councilmen Kevin Kamenetz, Kenneth N. Oliver and Stephen G. Samuel Moxley also voted no.

In terse remarks after the meeting, Bartenfelder pointed out that McIntire had supported a moratorium in his own district.

"He has a moratorium in his district, and he didn't extend it to others," Bartenfelder said. "You'll have to ask him to explain the logic behind that."

McIntire replied that the council is beginning to "abuse" the option of imposing moratoriums.

In other action, the council approved an expenditure of $79,500, including nearly $20,000 in county funds, to the Police Department's Domestic Violence Hispanic Outreach Program for a police officer to assist with domestic violence incidents. It also approved $307,700, including $93,700 in county money, for a police unit that will work to impede the spread of gang violence.

josh.mitchell@baltsun.com

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