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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2003
Baltimore County planners say rezoning requests declined in this year's Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, likely because of a glut of commercially zoned property and a dearth of undeveloped residential land. Yesterday was the last day for residents and property owners to file requests to rezone property in the county. By the end of the day, about 400 petitions had been filed with the Planning Department. County planners and council members still have the opportunity to petition for rezoning, but the total is likely to be well below the 619 requests filed in the last comprehensive process four years ago, said Community Planning Director Jeff Long.
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December 4, 2012
If the unfortunate Hon-trademarking flap of 2010 wasn't enough to get Baltimore's beehive in a bunch, surely the news that city bureaucrats, without much thought about the matter, have proposed banning Formstone in new construction will do the trick. Is Formstone a great aesthetic innovation? No. Was its proliferation several decades ago a failure of good taste? Maybe so. But if it was a failure, it was Baltimore's own. It was an affordable ornamentation, an expression of a blue collar optimism that things were on their way up and that our houses, even the modest attached variety, should reflect that faith in upward mobility.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | August 23, 1992
WINFIELD -- On Wednesday, county planners unveiled their futuristic view of an energized southwest Carroll -- a place with new crossroads villages, employment campus zones, clustered housing and special tax districts.Several residents, suspicious of the planners' lingo and unimpressed with the lofty aspirations, envisioned the development of another Columbia or Reston, Va., and asked that their community be left as is.Linda Pallay, who lives outside Mount Airy, said she wants merely to retain the bedroom community atmosphere of southwest Carroll -- a region characterized by expensive homes on large lots sprawled across fields with few business centers and a declining agricultural base.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
Kathy and James Galli have made some modest upgrades to their no-frills marina and boat-repair business in the decade that they've owned the property along the Severn River, mostly replacing outdated rigging and fixing broken equipment. They might want to do more with the waterfront location someday — perhaps a restaurant or bar would be a draw — but such an addition seems out of reach for now. Like many of Anne Arundel County's marinas, Severna Park Yacht Basin is in a residential area, and it is allowed to operate there only because it dates to the 1930s, two decades before county zoning laws went into effect.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | March 7, 1996
Although Baltimore County planners have not embraced the idea, a county councilman yesterday said he is confident that he will prevail in his bid to limit the number of townhouses in the planned community of Honeygo.Councilman Vincent J. Gardina said he isn't concerned that the county planning office is not backing his effort to eliminate 300 townhouses from the large development near White Marsh. Mr. Gardina, a Democrat who represents most of the Honeygo area, said he expects his colleagues on the County Council to support his request.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | December 8, 1991
County planners gave the Town Planning and Zoning Commission some ideas last week on how to regulate growth and development while keepingthe small-town character and style.At the commission's request, K. Marlene Conaway, assistant director of planning; Gregg Horner, comprehensive planner; and Anne L. Poissant, town development review assistant from the Bureau of Development Review, presented an overview Wednesday night of the county planning, zoning and development review processes.Commission chairman Dennis Karr told the county representatives his panel wants to work up a set of small-town guidelines for developers that would set forth specific standards for future building in thetown.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2003
A Davidsonville developer's plan to build a 1,900-unit subdivision for those 55 and older near Crofton has met with opposition from Anne Arundel County planners who say it could scuttle long-held growth-control policies. But that hasn't diminished the enthusiasm of developer John C. Stamato - who says he wants to keep his retirement-aged parents close to home - or the support of Forks of the Patuxent homeowners who say they prefer senior housing to other proposals. "We're hoping this gets the county's approval," said Buz Meyer, president of the Forks of the Patuxent Improvement Association, whose group polled members to see what kind of development they preferred.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | January 13, 1993
Now that would-be community activists are arming themselves with a new system to notify them of development plans, the Howard County Citizens Association and county planners will teach them how to use the new weapon in Clarksville tomorrow night.On Oct. 5, the County Council passed legislation requiring the Department of Planning and Zoning to send out a list of new subdivision plans every other week to anyone willing to pay $5 a year or to any group willing to pay a $10 annual fee."A lot of times people have no idea that something is happening until the bulldozer shows up," said Planning Board member Joan Lancos, who said she and other planning board members support any effort to get the public more involved in county planning.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1994
County planners and Planning Commission members took the issue of transfer development rights to Mount Airy residents Monday night, as part of the evolution of the Southwest Carroll Plan.The proposal being studied would involve the transfer of development rights from agricultural land to areas surrounding the county's eight towns. The transfer is a mechanism to preserve agricultural acreage by selling the development rights. The rights are purchased by developers. Once this occurs, a developer can "move" the rights to another property designated for residential development.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
Noting crowded schools in seven districts in northeastern and southern Carroll County, the county commissioners banned yesterday new residential development in both areas until the problems are alleviated. Two commissioners voted to stop reserving new building permits for developers in Hampstead, Manchester, Mount Airy and the Freedom area - which includes Eldersburg and Sykesville - based on a recommendation from county planners. The measure would prohibit new developments in areas where schools are crowded and water supplies insufficient, county planners told Commissioners Dean L. Minnich and Perry L. Jones Jr. before they voted.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
Howard County traffic engineering chief Diane Schwarzman's old one-speed bike rarely gets out of her Ellicott City garage, but lately she's using a borrowed, more sophisticated two-wheeler to pedal along Columbia's streets and pathways with a few professional colleagues. "The street is the same," she said about the experience of riding a bicycle where she normally drives a car, "but you realize the characteristics of the paved surface. " The officials said riding bikes themselves helps them plan for altering streets to make them safer for cyclists.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 21, 2010
One thing has emerged clearly from public hearings on proposed wind turbine regulations in Baltimore County: Everybody likes environmental quality and alternative energy. Otherwise, the views expressed on the subject at three hearings since the fall run the gamut, and Planning Board members now face the question of what to recommend the County Council do about small wind energy systems in a county where there's little wind to be had. The question is set to be voted on at the board's meeting today.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 11, 2009
General Growth Properties has agreed with all but three county-recommended changes to its 30-year redevelopment plan for Town Center Columbia, but the disagreements are over key points. Still, Columbia General Manager and General Growth Properties Senior Vice President Greg Hamm told county Planning Board members Thursday night that his firm wants to work out the disagreements and go forward. "A collaborative community process yields better communities," he said, as a crowd of about 75 people listened at the Bain Senior Center in Harper's Choice.
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By NANCY JONES-BONBREST | June 11, 2008
Jill Farrar Planner Howard County government, Ellicott City Salary : $50,000 Age : 31 Years on the job : One How she got started: After getting an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and working for a New Jersey land conservancy, Farrar went on to earn a master's degree in geography and planning from Northern Arizona University. She worked as a planner in Arizona, relocating to Maryland last year when her husband transferred for a job. After putting in applications with several jurisdictions, she decided Howard County was a good fit. Typical day: Farrar is one of about 15 planners who review development projects as they come into Howard County for approval.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | May 21, 2008
Elkridge residents and several countywide civic groups are marshaling their forces to oppose an Ulman administration bill that would double the number of housing allocations along Howard County's U.S. 1 corridor. The bill seeks to allow developers to move forward with new homes and businesses that county planners want to help revitalize the sometimes seedy-looking commercial and residential corridor stretching from Elkridge, near Baltimore County, south to North Laurel, near Prince George's County.
NEWS
August 24, 2007
Requests for changes in yearlong rezoning to be accepted online As Baltimore County planners prepare to take on one of the biggest tasks in local government -- the wholesale rezoning of land -- they are turning to the Internet to make the process a little less cumbersome this time. The county's once-every-four-years comprehensive zoning map process is scheduled to begin next month. And for the first time, those seeking changes to the rules covering what can be built on their property will be able to submit applications online.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 26, 1999
One day after agreeing to wait up to 45 days to make a decision, the county commissioners announced late yesterday that they will vote today on a South Carroll family's request to rezone 145 acres of farmland for an upscale golf course community.The commissioners plan to discuss and vote on the landmark rezoning case at 11: 30 a.m. in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.The Rash brothers -- Claude, Edwin and Glenn -- want to rezone 145 acres of their family farm west of Route 97 for a golf course and 50 homes.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
Citing crowded schools in seven districts in northeastern and southern Carroll County, the county commissioners banned yesterday new residential development in both areas until the problems are alleviated. Two commissioners voted to stop reserving new building permits for developers in Hampstead, Manchester, Mount Airy and the Freedom area - which includes Eldersburg and Sykesville - based on a recommendation from county planners. The measure would prohibit new developments in areas where schools are crowded and water supplies insufficient, county planners told Commissioners Dean L. Minnich and Perry L. Jones Jr. before they voted.
NEWS
September 25, 2005
ISSUE: In a first significant step in the comprehensive rezoning process, Harford County planners announced this past week that they are recommending denial of 75 percent of the 325 applications submitted for parcels to be rezoned. The recommendations must go before the County Council. Is Harford County headed in the right direction with its initial recommendations on rezoning applications? County should stick to its development plan It's heartening to learn that Harford County planners will deny 75 percent of the 325 rezoning applications, particularly since the majority of citizens attending the four rezoning public hearings opposed these changes.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Howard County would have to tighten restrictions on growth in its decreasingly rural western region under terms of a tentative deal with state officials in order to remain eligible for state farmland preservation aid. The agreement, outlined in Annapolis yesterday at a meeting of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, would permit Howard to continue participating in the program, under which the county receives hundreds of thousands of...
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