Zoning complaints top delegate's list

LETTERS

September 09, 2007

In the five years I have represented District 31, the number one issue I deal with is complaints regarding Anne Arundel County planning, zoning and enforcement.

Many constituents have come to a point where they perceive these departments to be adversarial to a cooperative balance between legitimate zoning law and personal property rights.

Zoning regulations used properly along with a proper understanding and balance of citizens' property rights, would serve well to preserve within reason, the county's natural treasures. Unfortunately, it is apparent that government at all levels has become adversarial to individual property rights.

It has been reported to me that the county holds hostage some building permits unless the owner agrees to "give" the county a portion of the property or other concessions. If this is truly the county's operating procedure regarding the issuance of permits, I believe it constitutes extortion.

In other cases, I have heard of stop-work orders being issued without cause and that often, the property owner is not even aware of the zoning law.

I would like to hear your story. If you live in Anne Arundel County and believe that you have been the victim of its planning, zoning or enforcement departments or that you have been targeted in some way by zoning enforcement, please write my office with an overview of your situation.

My office is simply conducting a personal review in an attempt to address the adversarial nature of these departments' processes.

Please send all correspondence to: Del. Don Dwyer Jr., 154 Lowe House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1991.

Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr.

Glen Burnie

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