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July 4, 1993
Mixed-Use Zoning PropagandaThe Howard County government has released a flier that calls mixed-use development the "intelligent way to grow." Mixed use zoning has not yet been enacted by the zoning board, and evidently from this flier, the county executive, through his Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), is making a final push to get unpopular mixed use approved. This flier is an exercise in half-truths and misconclusions and needs to be addressed point by point.The DPZ flier says that single-family detached housing yields more school children than apartment or townhouse zoning.
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By ERIC SIEGEL and ERIC SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | February 19, 2006
On Tuesday, Baltimore's Planning Commission will hold the first of nine scheduled community hearings on the city's proposed new comprehensive master plan. If approved, the document will serve as a blueprint for how the city spends $2.4 billion on capital projects over the next six years and will form the framework for the first revision of the city's zoning code in a third of a century. At 187 pages, including an introduction and appendices, the document contains myriad graphs, charts and statistics and more than 100 recommendations for housing, employment, recreation and education.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | January 14, 1993
County Planning Board members are so pleased with mixed-use zoning they want to take it a step further, creating a "floating" mixed-use category.Making its recommendations on comprehensive rezoning for eastern Howard before the county Zoning Board Tuesday night, the Planning Board endorsed the controversial mixed-use zoning concept -- with changes.The new classification, which could combine houses, apartments, shops and businesses, has been strongly opposed by residents of the Fulton area, where an 820-acre, mixed-use site has been proposed by the county planning department.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2004
Several closely watched developments within the U.S. 1 corridor have changed direction now that the new mixed-use zones recently approved by the Howard County Council have taken effect. In North Laurel, plans for a gas station in the median strip of U.S. 1 cannot go forward, despite recent approval by the county Board of Appeals, because the use is not allowed in the "corridor activity center" district now placed on the area. And at the site of a former Elkridge drive-in, between 300 and 400 townhouses and condominiums will be built rather than the housing for seniors that was originally proposed.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | December 22, 1992
County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass has urged her fellow council member and Zoning Board chairman to respond to the public outcry over proposed mixed-use zoning by sending the plan back where it came from.Ms. Pendergrass, a 1st District Democrat, is the second council member calling for the mixed-use zoning regulations to be sent back to the county planning department for further study.The county administration's eastern comprehensive rezoning plan, which is modeled after the 1990 General Plan, creates four major mixed-use centers in Fulton, North Laurel, Jessup and southern Ellicott City.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | December 28, 1992
Three of five County Council members say they will oppose County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass' proposal to have a citizen committee study controversial mixed-use zoning regulations."
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | December 13, 1992
If all goes according to plan, more than 100 Fulton and North Laurel residents will descend on the county office building Tuesday night to tell county officials what they think of mixed-use zoning."
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
Rouse Co. officials plan to file a request by the end of next week to convert 526 acres in North Laurel to "mixed-use" zoning -- a new development category aimed at creating Columbia village-style neighborhoods in other areas of Howard County.The Rouse project, on company-owned land off Gorman Road along both sides of Interstate 95, calls for about 1,420 housing units, or 2.7 per acre.The project is less than half the size of a typical Columbia village in terms of the number of dwellings but would mean a big increase in housing for the North Laurel area.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | July 15, 1993
A Howard County councilman threatened last night to withdraw a key Zoning Board vote if the board's chairman refused to consider his proposal to require developers to create moderate-income housing in proposed mixed-use areas.Councilman Paul Farragut, a West Columbia Democrat, made the threat during a work-session discussion of a proposed mixed-use zoning category.Part of the county's eastern comprehensive rezoning, the proposed category would allow a mix of houses, apartments, shops and businesses in six sites.
NEWS
January 29, 1999
CHANGES that Howard County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone wants to make in the mixed-use zoning classification are political dynamite that must be handled carefully. Mixed-use zoning is a good tool to implement Smart Growth policies that reduce sprawl and cluster development for efficient use of infrastructure. That tool could be damaged in Mr. Guzzone's zeal to stop one particular project.The councilman, former head of the state Sierra Club chapter, has been an ally of critics of two large, planned mixed-use developments.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village still could rise on the vacant lot near Annapolis. Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5. "Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village could still rise up on the vacant lot near Annapolis. Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5. "Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.
NEWS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1999
And the wait goes on.Sixteen months after the Howard County Zoning Board gave the Rouse Co. a green light to build a community of homes and businesses in North Laurel, and nine months after opponents filed a lawsuit to block the development, both parties went to Circuit Court yesterday.Judge Diane O. Leasure is not expected to issue a ruling on arguments posed by an attorney for the opponents for at least several weeks, but they said they are more than willing to wait for what they hope is a favorable decision.
NEWS
March 26, 1999
MIXED-USE zoning, a Smart Growth tool to cluster housing and business, is useful only if it offers the flexibility that both developers and local governments crave. Howard County would lose that vital flexibility if it enacted every zoning change being sought by Councilman Guy J. Guzzone.Understanding that, Mr. Guzzone said he was willing to compromise when he introduced his proposals two months ago.Unfortunately, a compromise suggested by the county Planning Board swings too far in favor of developers.
NEWS
January 29, 1999
CHANGES that Howard County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone wants to make in the mixed-use zoning classification are political dynamite that must be handled carefully. Mixed-use zoning is a good tool to implement Smart Growth policies that reduce sprawl and cluster development for efficient use of infrastructure. That tool could be damaged in Mr. Guzzone's zeal to stop one particular project.The councilman, former head of the state Sierra Club chapter, has been an ally of critics of two large, planned mixed-use developments.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1999
Heeding election-year voter concerns, a Howard County Council member has proposed tough restrictions on village-style projects in the fast-developing suburb, launching Howard's first battle over growth in 1999.Guy J. Guzzone, a Democrat and freshman councilman from the Laurel area, would put new controls on mixed-use developments, typically large projects that mix residential, commercial and employment uses on one tract of land.While many growth-control activists might be pleased, some developers are wary of Guzzone's ideas, which could lead to rounds of counterproposals by advocates on all sides.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | September 22, 1993
In final deliberations on comprehensive rezoning of the eastern county, the Zoning Board yesterday voted unanimously to deny Rouse Co. the largest mixed-use area proposed by Howard County planners.County planners had sought the mixed-use zoning designation for a 1,085-acre parcel straddling Interstate 95 in North Laurel. Most of the land is owned by Rouse.The designation would allow a strictly controlled combination of houses, apartments, shops and businesses.Although this was the largest of the six proposed sites, the zoning proposal drew relatively little opposition during public hearings this spring, as compared with the reaction against a mixed-use zoning proposal for an 820-acre site a mile to the east in Fulton.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village still could rise on the vacant lot near Annapolis. Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5. "Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1999
Heeding election-year voter concerns, a Howard County Council member has proposed tough restrictions on village-style projects in the fast-developing suburb, launching Howard's first battle over growth in 1999.Guy J. Guzzone, a Democrat and freshman councilman from the Laurel area, would put new controls on mixed-use developments, typically large projects that mix residential, commercial and employment uses on one tract of land.While many growth-control activists might be pleased, some developers are wary of Guzzone's ideas, which could lead to rounds of counterproposals by advocates on all sides.
NEWS
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1997
A Rouse Co. official defended last night his company's proposal to build a 517-acre Columbia-style development in North Laurel, saying it would be well-planned and better for local neighborhoods than a primarily industrial site.Under cross-examination for a second night before the Howard County Zoning Board, Alton J. Scavo, a Rouse senior vice president, was questioned about Rouse's plans to build a loop road and connectors to other thoroughfares around the proposed development, which would be just south of Gorman Road and north of Route 216, and would be bisected by Interstate 95.The cross-examination was led by Thomas E. Dernoga, an attorney who represents the Southern Howard Land Use Committee, an umbrella organization of citizen groups that is fighting the rezoning Rouse needs to build the development.
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