County residents, developers back hearings nearer to projects

February 15, 2011|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County residents and developers expressed support Tuesday for a bill that would require public hearings on building projects to be held closer to the affected neighborhoods.

The council will vote next week to require meetings to be held within three to eight miles of proposed developments. Meetings may be held in Towson if other sites are unavailable.

The hearings, known as community input meetings, allow residents to get information about a proposed development's size and impact on traffic, schools and infrastructure before the plan is submitted for approval. Existing regulations do not specify an exact range for meeting locations, stating only that they must be held "in the vicinity" of proposed developments or in Towson.

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