Hereford Community Association to expand

May 19, 2011|By Pat van den Beemt, pvdb@comcast.net

The Hereford Community Association's members voted unanimously to expand the group's boundaries at its April 12 meeting.

The original boundaries were drawn in 1989 when the association formed and covered a half-mile radius from the intersection of Mount Carmel and York roads. Those boundaries were enlarged in 1998.

Paul Cummins, association president, said many people who stopped by the HCA booth at theHereford Zone Business Association Expo in February expressed interest in joining, but live outside its boundaries.

"A strong and active membership base is important for HCA to influence politicians and government officials on implementing policies, programs and projects that are in the best interest of the people in the Hereford area," Cummins said.

The group currently has 117 members, he said, but that number has not grown.

"This is not about absolute rule, but bringing people in who want to be represented," Cummins said at the April 12 meeting when the new boundaries were approved. "We are not in competition with other groups like Sparks-Glencoe. Our areas overlap, but we may have different positions on issues."

Kirsten Berger, president of the Sparks-Glencoe Community Planning Council, said she thinks Hereford's expansion is a good idea.

"I see it as giving people more choices if they want to join a community group," she said.

Both groups had differing opinions during the last Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, at which time anyone can request a zoning change on any property in the county.

Sparks-Glencoe requested downzoning on hundreds of acres, while the Hereford group was against any zoning change that didn't originate with the property owner.

The Sparks-Glencoe boundaries go from Carroll County to Harford County and from Shawan Road to Middletown Road.

Dues to the Hereford Community Association are $15 a year for individuals or $30 for a family. It meets at Summit Manor the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December.

The group is developing a website and a brochure that shows the new boundaries.

For more information, contact Cummins at pzcumming@comcast.net or membership chairwoman Gloria Finglass at Finglass@qis.net.

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