Friends of Harford strongly opposes Bill 11-48 Gas Station Reforms pending before the Harford County Council. The "reforms" it proposes requires the council to surrender its authority and responsibility to protect Harford's private drinking water wells from gasoline contamination.
Harford's zoning code already provides a process for "nonconforming" rural gas stations to expand. The process includes a public hearing so citizens whose homes and businesses will be affected can be heard. Permission to expand is granted or denied by the council on the merits of each individual case, and approval can include added conditions or restrictions to protect neighboring properties. Bill 11-48 threatens private property rights by eliminating citizen input and allows any gasoline station to expand whenever it wants regardless of impacts on the neighbors.