Baltimore County Council approves pet cemetery legislation

October 01, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Owners of pet cemeteries in Baltimore County will have to notify customers of plans to sell or lease their graveyards for development under legislation passed Monday by the County Council.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, was spurred by complaints about the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery in Parkville, which has faced numerous code-enforcement fines. Some believe the cemetery could be sold for development.

Under the legislation, pet cemetery owners will have to publish a notice in a general-circulation newspaper of plans to develop a cemetery for any other purpose, and give written notice to every plot owner. If the owner of a plot comes forward within 90 days, the cemetery owner must reimburse the customer for the cost of burial or, if the plot hasn't been used yet, the cost of the plot.

The bill will take effect in mid-November if signed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

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