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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 6, 1996
The Howard County Board of Appeals approved a proposal this week by the Savage United Methodist Church to expand its sanctuary and administrative offices along the historic mill town's main street.The board also granted a special exception for a private preschool that had been operating in the basement of the Savage church without county approval. The preschool was run by the church until 1985 and did not need a permit, but it became a private operation that year and should have had approval by the board, according to David A. Carney, an attorney representing the church.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 31, 2013
Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot didn't have the same childhood dreams as a lot of her counterparts growing up. Rather than aspiring to be a police officer, prima ballerina or athlete, Walker-Lightfoot always knew she wanted to be a lawyer. The profession, she said, fit her personality. "You have to be a little OCD," she said. Walker-Lightfoot got her wish. The Columbia-based lawyer has a career history that includes discovering elements of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme as an investigator for the Securities Exchange Commission and now runs her own firm off of Little Patuxent Parkway.
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November 7, 2000
The Howard County Board of Appeals has postponed indefinitely its hearing of Case No. 00-32A (Woodmont Academy), which had been scheduled for Thursday. A notice will appear in The Sun's Civic Agenda when a new date is set. The Board of Appeals will hear Case No. BA99-57E (Tutor Time Learning Systems Inc. t/a Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Center), continued, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Kathleen C. Bianco, a retired Baltimore County government administrator, died July 4 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Fallston resident was 67. Kathleen Carolyn Hendrickle was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus, where she graduated from Arbutus High School in 1963. Even though she had been awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Maryland, College Park, she was unable to attend, said her husband of 18 years, Tony Bianco, a retired technical business consultant.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 2, 2000
With one member missing and the rest evenly divided, the Board of Appeals postponed a decision last week on a contentious proposal for a warehouse adjacent to the residential Elkridge neighborhood of Dorsey. The Reisterstown developer who wants to build the warehouse is seeking permission to reduce the required 150-foot setback between his property and the community. Residents at the hearing, which began at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ran until midnight, said the proposal would harm the neighborhood.
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January 11, 1995
Residents of Fishing Creek Farm are permitted to build a community pier and boat ramp into Duvall Creek, but with only about half the number of slips the homeowners want, the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals has ruled.The community, south of Annapolis near the South River, had sought an exception and variance for a 240-foot boat ramp with 50 slips ranging from 40 to 50 feet, contending that the existing pier cannot accommodate the community.The Board of Appeals ruled Monday that there was not enough parking for the traffic 50 slips would generate.
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By DAN MORSE and DAN MORSE,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1995
*TC Twice a week you'd get to answer questions like this: County rules say the back of my house must be at least 30 feet from my property line. It's 40 feet away. But I want to build a 15-foot deck. Can I?If this sounds interesting -- and if you have special interest in Howard County land use -- the County Council wants to hear from you.The council this week began accepting applications for a vacancy on the Howard County Board of Appeals, a five-member body that decides on exceptions to county zoning rules.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | September 29, 1992
The county Board of Appeals is preparing to fight for turf threatened by new comprehensive rezoning regulations.Board members have come out against proposed zoning rules that would give the county Department of Planning and Zoning the power to grant zoning variances without the board's approval.The change is intended to save time and money for property owners by cutting the review process and fees nearly in half, said Joseph Rutter, county planning and zoning director. The new regulations would have to be approved by the County Council, sitting as the Zoning Board.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer | March 22, 1995
Members of the Howard County Board of Appeals postponed last night a vote on a proposal to build the county's first mosque, saying the three hours of testimony in the case requires careful review before any decision is made.Addressing a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 members of the county's only Muslim congregation, board members said they will study the testimony and vote on the mosque proposal at an April 4 work session. "We want to be able to go over all of the evidence thoroughly," said Evelyn Tanner, who chairs the board.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 22, 1999
The Howard County Planning Board voted unanimously yesterday to recommend approval for expansion of an Ellicott City homeless shelter from eight to 12 people.Nobody at the meeting contested the expansion of Miles House, a transitional shelter on Fels Lane near historic Main Street. The shelter is run by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc.The case is scheduled to go before the Board of Appeals on Jan. 18.Pub Date: 10/22/99
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
Maxine and Robert Walker have worked to restore their historic Woodbine farm since they bought it in 1994. Their latest project is to replace the rotting wood on the side of their old yellow barn after rebuilding the stone foundation and replacing the tin roof. To help pay for renovations at Harwood Horse Farm, they want to rent out part of their land for private parties and open an antiques store in an old shed. As they've sought approval from Howard County, though, the Walkers have lost friends, they say. Neighbors along quiet Jennings Chapel Road have fought for five years to stop them, pointing to the threat of traffic, litter and growing commercialization.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
The County Council's move to revise the county ethics laws makes Howard one of the first local governments to approve the new standards mandated by the General Assembly last year. The changes, approved Monday, provide more detail in the county ethics laws regarding gifts, financial disclosure statements and lobbying provisions. It also expands the role of the county's ethics commission, requiring it to maintain an annual report of lobbying activity. The bill bans former County Council members from lobbying on legislative issues for a year after leaving office, and prohibits former employees from bidding to do business with the county on a contract for which they helped write specifications.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
Neighbors fighting against new apartment buildings at the Turf Valley development in Ellicott City are hoping for another shot at stopping the project, which is scheduled to go before a county appeals board Tuesday. A group of opponents led by nearby resident Marc Norman is challenging a planning board decision to approve two apartment buildings near two existing housing developments. Norman said the new properties will be placed too close to existing homes and will increase traffic on residential streets.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
The Howard County Board of Appeals, already fighting T-Mobile in court over the location of a cellphone tower planned for a church property, is scheduled Thursday to hear the company's bid for another western Howard location on a small farm. T-Mobile wants to build a 127-foot-tall tower on Daisy Road in Woodbine. Residents have expressed concerns, speaking out at a community meeting in April, complaining about aesthetics and questioning the need for more cell towers. The site is one of about a half-dozen where T-Mobile has proposed placing towers in western Howard County.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
Critics of development at Turf Valley attacked traffic studies of intersections along Marriottsville Road at a four-hour Board of Appeals hearing Monday night, but the developers contend that they have met all of Howard County's requirements. It was the latest installment in a seven-year campaign by Turf Valley resident Marc Norman and his allies to derail the project by Mangione Family Enterprises, based on arguments that the county does not do enough to ensure that major projects will have sufficient infrastructure such as roads and schools.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | August 23, 2009
A years-long fight over whether to allow a gas station/convenience store and car wash in the Waverly Woods Village Center in Woodstock is a step closer to a resolution that some residents are unhappy about. Convenience Retailing LLC co-owner Rick Levitan won a 3-1 vote by the Howard County Board of Appeals on Monday night to approve conditional zoning, opening the way for a project that scores of residents have fought against at two other nearby locations. But Levitan, who operates gas station/convenience stores in Owen Brown and Dorsey Hall village centers in Columbia, was happy.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 15, 2000
The Board of Appeals has scheduled a third hearing for a proposed child-care center that would, if approved, be one of the largest in Howard County. Opponents, who began testifying Tuesday night, will continue to state their case Aug. 22 against Tutor Time Learning Systems Inc.'s plans to build a 10,466-square-foot facility on 2 1/2 acres at the northwest corner of Old Frederick Road and Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City. The center would have two outdoor play areas and would serve up to 200 children.
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August 26, 2005
The County Board of Appeals in mid-August 1987 dismissed a motion by the Wilde Lake Community Association seeking to block construction of an 11-story apartment building on the village's lake. The site was on 5.3 acres just west of Little Patuxent and Governor Warfield parkways. The proposed project included 76 condominiums that ranged in price from $135,000 to about $350,000. "The opposition is to the size and height and impact of this building," said Carl S. Miller, an association member.
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By June Arney and June Arney,Sun reporter | February 27, 2008
A petition challenging the Wegmans grocery store planned for east Columbia will take its appeal further after losing before a Zoning Board hearing examiner this week, the attorney for the appellant said. "The Planning Board made what in essence was a zoning decision," said Susan B. Gray, a civic activist attorney from Highland, who represents Carvel "Buddy" Mays Jr., president of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 27, whose members work for Giant and Safeway supermarkets.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | December 7, 2007
Loyola College, which has been locked in a lengthy dispute over its proposal for a retreat center in northern Baltimore County, should receive approval for the project, the state Court of Special Appeals decided this week. The ruling reverses a decision by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge, who sided with Parkton-area residents opposed to building the retreat center in an area designated for agriculture. A lawyer for the group that objects to the retreat center said he will ask the state's highest court to review the appellate decision, which was issued Wednesday.
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