Letters to the editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 16, 2006

Nonprofit supports fair land use laws

Gregory Mellon's letter from April 9 was way off base. Regardless of one's occupation, every citizen has a right to express his or her opinion. Yes, I represent builders and developers, but I also represent churches, affordable housing groups, families and nonprofit groups.

I am the founder and volunteer board member of the Anne Arundel County Alliance for Fair Land Use, which is a registered nonprofit organization. We are a diverse group of people who are affected by land-use actions. I personally lobbied for free with the Alliance during the recent rewrite of the county code.

We worked with religious groups and other nonprofits to protect them from changes that would have discouraged their development and expansion. We fought against any changes in the zoning code that would raise housing prices. We argued for uses to allow seniors to age in place, including in-law apartments.

Currently, we are focused on school issues and work-force housing.

As a former teacher, I can say again that all public schools are not created equal and these magnet schools are a way to balance the scales.

I have lived in Anne Arundel County for 59 years and will continue to speak out and work for needed changes.

Check out our Web site at www.aa-fairlanduse.org and get involved.

John S. Pantelides

Annapolis

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