Queen Anne's commissioners invited to testify

May 22, 2007|BY A SUN REPORTER

State Comptroller Peter Franchot has invited the Queen Anne's County commissioners to address tomorrow's Board of Public Works meeting on a proposed Four Seasons development in the county.

The commissioners have effectively been under a gag order that resulted from a 2003 settlement between a previous Board of County Commissioners and the developer. Franchot and Gov. Martin O'Malley toured the development site on Kent Island on Friday after expressing concerns that the commissioners could not express their views.

Franchot reiterated that view in a letter yesterday to Eric Wargotz, president of the county commissioners.

"You were duly elected by the people of Queen Anne's County to represent them and to advocate for them and I urge you to do so," Franchot wrote. "Whether you support this project or not, the Board of Public Works deserves to hear from you as it deliberates this important growth and development issue."

A developer, K. Hovnanian Cos., wants to build 1,300 homes on land designated as a Chesapeake Bay "critical area." The Board of Public Works - made up of O'Malley, Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp - must approve a routine wetlands license for the project to proceed.

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