City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 21, 2007

Group formed to urge change in growth laws and policies

Community activists, homebuilders and municipal officials have joined forces to push for reforms in Maryland's growth laws and policies.

Organizers announced yesterday that they had formed the Partnership for Land Use Success to study, propose and lobby for changes in state and local growth-management efforts.

The groups joining together are the Home Builders Association of Maryland, 1000 Friends of Maryland, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Greater Baltimore Urban League and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The group's formation is an offshoot of "Reality Check Plus" growth-management forums around the state last year, which drew more than 850 participants.

Jason Sartori, the group's director, said the coalition hopes to sponsor research analyzing how Maryland might grow and proposing changes in policy and laws based on those findings.

PLUS has taken one position. The group urged revisions in the "green fund" legislation proposed in Annapolis this year, which would raise funds to help control polluted farm runoff while attempting to steer development into designated areas.

Timothy B. Wheeler

Baltimore: Tax seminar

How to get credits for historic homes

A seminar on how to obtain tax credits for renovation work done on historic Baltimore homes is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St. Under the Maryland Heritage Preservation Tax Credit Program, property owners can save 20 percent or more on renovation costs for historic homes or homes in historic neighborhoods.

Education

Notre Dame offers English classes

Registration is open for the second spring session of day classes at the English Language Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. The eight-week session begins April 2 and runs to May 24. Information or registration: 410-532-5566, or www.ndm.edu.

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