We want your opinions

March 12, 2006

ISSUE: On Tuesday, the Harford County Council let stand County Executive David R. Craig's veto of the contentious comprehensive rezoning bill, despite expressing uncertainty about the how the county will move forward on the issue. Under zoning code guidelines, the veto washes away the past 15 months of planning, said Council President Robert S. Wagner. The rezoning process would have to be restarted from the beginning.

Administration officials are hopeful that a change in the zoning code will allow the county executive and council to negotiate a compromise using the applications and testimony submitted during the current rezoning process.

Craig has said he would like to see a new bill that grants less new development along Route 22 or outside of the county's designated growth area.

Despite their 5-1 vote in favor of the rezoning bill last month after making more than 50 changes to the package, three of the six voting council members expressed a willingness to work with Craig and voted to uphold the veto.

YOUR VIEW:

What do you think of the concept of revising the zoning code to move the rezoning process forward? Tell us what you think. Send e-mail responses by Thursday to harford.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published next Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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