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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | November 23, 1992
What began as a request from the Carroll County YMCA for water service from Westminster's city system may end up involving city, county and state government agencies.A City Council committee plans to recommend that the Y seek public water and sewer service for its new Washington Road bTC facility, a request that will mean amending the county master plan.That, in turn, will require approval from state agencies.The committee recommendation is to go to the council at its meeting tonight. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Westminster Fire Co. hall on East Main Street.
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September 18, 2012
Let me start by saying that 1st District Councilperson Tom Quirk has made some good decisions in this CZMP. Most are issues that Rebecca and I endorsed throughout the process. I find it misleading for him, however, to be making statements that he down-zoned 43 percent of the total acreage under consideration to protect natural resources. Planning Officer Dennis Wertz states that the approximate 114 down-zoned acres were never in danger from development and that this was done simply to clean up the zoning map, making it more uniform.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | August 29, 1994
County commissioners have ordered a staff study of a proposed extension of Interstate 795 and other ways to reduce traffic congestion, although one commissioner says the study was never discussed and another cannot recall approving it."Attached is a recommendation from the Economic Development Commission to initiate a study to extend I-795 into Carroll County to address traffic congestion issues. . . . We, as a board, concur that a study should be done," Commissioner Donald I. Dell said in an Aug. 12 memo to Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman.
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By Jennifer Bevan-Dangel | July 9, 2012
With all the recent press over the proposed redevelopment of the Solo Cup site in Owings Mills, the casual reader would think this is an isolated issue that boils down to one community that will see new traffic patterns or new places to shop. But Solo Cup is just one piece of a conversation that will affect neighborhoods across Baltimore County. A conversation that is expressed in upzoning (to allow more intense development on a property) and downzoning (to allow less). A conservation that is expressed in community desires and developer dollars.
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January 24, 2000
Del. Donald B. Elliott will discuss his proposal to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five at the Finksburg Planning Area Council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church. His proposal also calls for having commissioners elected by district rather than at large. If approved by the General Assembly, the issue would go before county voters in a referendum. Other items to be discussed at Thursday's meeting include incorporation of Finksburg, the county master plan and a proposal to build a large church in the area.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 24, 2005
An opinion survey of randomly selected Carroll County residents, made public yesterday, shows satisfaction with county services and interest in official proceedings, but an unwillingness to attend public meetings and an eagerness to log onto the Internet to apply for permits, pay utility bills and read minutes from hearings. McDaniel College students compiled the results of 600 telephone calls in neighborhoods throughout the county. Officials received another 502 mailed and several hundred electronic replies to 20 questions that ranged from opinions about snow removal and trash collection to fire and emergency services.
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August 26, 2008
Maryland bike riders are being taken for a ride by Montgomery County park officials who are arguing that a 2.4-mile gap should be left in an 18.8-mile bike path planned to accompany the new Intercounty Connector between Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Bike users are stunned by the challenge, with gas prices high, traffic jams common and cycling being pushed by governments as an environmentally friendly form of transportation. Park officials argue that to protect county parkland from potential environmental damage, this piece of the path should be diverted to nearby local roads.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | March 26, 1992
An article in The Sun yesterday about Colvista, a 3,000-unit development proposed for a site near Phoenix and York roads, stated incorrectly that the Baltimore County master plan envisions high-density development only in Owings Mills and White Marsh. In fact, the plan also provides for such an area between Interstate 83 and York Road, south of the proposed Colvista site.+ The Sun regrets the errors.A developer's attempt to get Baltimore County government's support for a 3,000-home Italian-style hillside village in Cockeysville has failed.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
Preservation of Baltimore County's farmland hinges on redistributing development rights and creating new village centers, according to a group helping to draft a county master plan.In a preliminary report approved last night, the committee appointed by the county Planning Office calls for a program that would allow farmers to sell development rights to builders who could use them to increase the housing density in designated growth areas.Such programs exist in about a dozen Maryland jurisdictions, including Montgomery, Howard and Carroll counties.
NEWS
October 3, 1990
County officials are working on scheduling a joint meeting with municipal leaders late this month to discuss implementing recommendations made by several long-range planning task forces.The session would allow elected officials, planners and managers in Carroll's eight municipalities to participate with the County Commissioners and county department heads in developing comprehensive programs for providing infrastructure, preserving farmland and developing affordable housing.Those were areas studied by Strategic Planning Workgroups appointed by the commissioners about two years ago to study problems brought on by growth and recommend solutions.
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August 26, 2008
Maryland bike riders are being taken for a ride by Montgomery County park officials who are arguing that a 2.4-mile gap should be left in an 18.8-mile bike path planned to accompany the new Intercounty Connector between Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Bike users are stunned by the challenge, with gas prices high, traffic jams common and cycling being pushed by governments as an environmentally friendly form of transportation. Park officials argue that to protect county parkland from potential environmental damage, this piece of the path should be diverted to nearby local roads.
NEWS
June 21, 2006
LAST WEEK'S ISSUE: -- During a recent campaign forum, the seven candidates for Anne Arundel County executive criticized the county's approval process for development, with most calling for an overhaul of the Department of Planning and Zoning to cut red tape and the time necessary to obtain permits. Last year, the county revised land-use laws to establish a more usable set of rules without the inconsistencies that hampered previous regulations and led to delays in the review process. But development community representatives say that has had little practical effect because the department lacks planners to review the thousands of proposals they receive each year, from residential subdivisions to simple house additions and decks.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 24, 2005
An opinion survey of randomly selected Carroll County residents, made public yesterday, shows satisfaction with county services and interest in official proceedings, but an unwillingness to attend public meetings and an eagerness to log onto the Internet to apply for permits, pay utility bills and read minutes from hearings. McDaniel College students compiled the results of 600 telephone calls in neighborhoods throughout the county. Officials received another 502 mailed and several hundred electronic replies to 20 questions that ranged from opinions about snow removal and trash collection to fire and emergency services.
NEWS
March 20, 2005
A proposed resolution to amend Baltimore County's master plan and give the County Council greater authority to extend public water and sewer lines beyond the "Urban Rural Demarcation Line" -- which essentially serves as a boundary for dense development -- is on the County Council's agenda for a vote tomorrow. Preservation and "smart growth" groups oppose the measure, which they say could weaken the master plan and give council members too much latitude to approve water and sewer service that could allow for more development in rural areas.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2002
As Carroll officials refine a growth plan for Finksburg, county planners again are asking residents for their input. But less than 10 percent of them have replied to a county survey that would help mesh residents' vision with the county master plan for the unincorporated area along Route 140. "Now is the time for those of us who live in Finksburg to have the final say in our future," Neil Ridgely, an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner, said...
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2002
As Carroll officials refine a growth plan for Finksburg, county planners again are asking residents for their input. But less than 10 percent of them have replied to a county survey that would help mesh residents' vision with the county master plan for the unincorporated area along Route 140. "Now is the time for those of us who live in Finksburg to have the final say in our future," Neil Ridgely, an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner, said...
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1997
At least three members of the county's seven-member planning commission say the county can save $35 million by shuffling school boundary lines and cutting a middle school and a high school from the county's six-year capital program.Grant S. Dannelly of Marriottsville, Robin M. Frazier of Manchester, and Maurice E. Wheatley of Eldersburg are expected to argue at the commission's meeting tonight that the county should expand the capacity of existing schools, transferring students to them and to other schools yet to be built.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1997
At least three members of the county's seven-member planning commission say the county can save $35 million by shuffling school boundary lines and cutting a middle school and a high school from the county's six-year capital program.Grant S. Dannelly of Marriottsville, Robin M. Frazier of Manchester, and Maurice E. Wheatley of Eldersburg are expected to argue at the commission's meeting tonight that the county should expand the capacity of existing schools, transferring students to them and to other schools yet to be built.
NEWS
May 24, 2000
Finksburg planning council to view analysis of area The Finksburg Planning Area Council will view a geographic information systems analysis of the area at tomorrow's 7 p.m. meeting at Sandymount United Methodist Church. Council member Martin Schmidt has created the display of the Finksburg community and environs. The multimedia electronic display will show the exact locations of new and proposed developments; the population, income and property value distributions; and the boundaries of the Reservoir Protection Agreement.
NEWS
March 4, 2000
Bushs pandering to the religious right demeans campaign I'm a life-long Republican who was horrified by Texas Gov. George W. Bushs recent appearance at Bob Jones University (GOP inevitability punctured, Feb. 23). Bob Jones University is a bastion of Ku Klux Klan-style bigotry. It forbids inter-racial dating and a university president has publicly referred to the Catholic Church as a satanic cult Why would Mr. Bush, a self-described moderate and compassionate conservative ever speak there?
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