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Letter to the editor

October 13, 2011

Your articles on the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, "Planning Office Ready for Rezoning Process" and editorial, "Heads up Rezoning Process Has Begun" (Sept. 15, 2011) were right on the money.

You got everything right, especially when you mentioned that "disputes happen when neighbors seek to 'downzone' nearby properties, diminishing development potential, and lock horns with the owner of the affected property."

I locked horns at the last Comprehensive Zoning Map Process with Kristen Burger and her overzealous Sparks-Glencoe Association. This group was poorly organized and didn't do its homework.

Their petitions for review of downzoning lumped me and my small piece of land in with large tracts owned by developers. The petition included many other small landowners — who have no plans for property development — and we all had to fight hard to prevent this massive mistake.

No individual properties were considered for exclusion, nor was my community association or others contacted about this far-flung proposal. If the Sparks-Glencoe group had done its homework and checked out individual properties like they should have, they would have discovered that I've been in a Maryland forest and conservation program for 35 years.

I want to retain my RC-4 zoning on my wooded 16 acres without being harassed every four years by impetuous community association members waving a banner of "environmental preservation."

There are many other north county neighbors who are fighting this same battle.

I hope that Sparks-Glencoe has learned its lesson. Otherwise, we will come back at them harder and stronger than ever. They will not take away our rights!

David Boyd

White Hall

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