Balto. Co. Council passes bill to bring hearings closer to residents

Legislation unanimously passes council

February 22, 2011|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to bring public hearings on proposed developments closer to residents in nearby neighborhoods.

The new legislation now requires meetings to be held within three to eight miles of proposed developments, or 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 effect on traffic, schools and infrastructure — before the plan is submitted for approval.

Residents and developers backed the bill, which was sponsored by all seven council members.

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