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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
A developer has been forced to delay the expected start of a proposed 11-home project in Ellicott City that has attracted neighborhood opposition -- and, more recently, a bizarre message that caused a county employee to be disciplined.The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning has ordered developer Ronald Wildman to resubmit a plan detailing trees and other vegetation on 10 acres of environmentally sensitive land he owns on Bonnie Branch Road.The request could force Wildman to wait until this fall to build the development, called Bonnie Branch Overlook.
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Kayla Bawroski and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The change is gradual but noticeable: Fewer wheels are traveling Harford County's back roads. But it's not from some miraculous traffic decrease - bicycling is on the rise, and Harford's travelers are making the switch from four wheels to two. For Neil Buchness, it started as a way to shake up his commute to work from South Bel Air to Abingdon. Two or three days a week, he'd take the roads with “nice wide shoulders, somewhat flat,” to the office, and “the next thing you know, you have four bikes in the garage.” Buchness is now the president of Chesapeake Spokes, a Harford County bicycling club that's grown from 40 to 200 members since it began four years ago. The bicycling increase is so tangible that in recent years the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning has created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, complete with a website due to launch this fall.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2001
Anne Arundel County's Office of Planning and Zoning was scolded yesterday for failing to keep careful account of certain development and building fees - mistakes that in one instance may have cost the county as much as $1 million in unused funds. Auditors found that the Office of Planning and Zoning has been slow to decide what to do with forfeited landscape deposits worth about $1 million - money that could be used by the county to spruce up weeded lots. In addition, auditors discovered that the office has been incorrectly calculating fees to developers for changes to building plans and subdivisions - a situation that has cost the county an unknown sum of cash.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Howard County will hold a public meeting Tuesday on the proposed expansion plan for the Circuit Court for Howard County courthouse. The meeting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will take place at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City. County officials note that the project is in the early planning stages; no plans have been devised nor submitted. Officials say there's a need for additional space for two more judges, additional jury assembly, two new court rooms, conference rooms, increased security and other aspects related to operations at teh courthouse.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council will consider zoning changes to parcels of land across the county beginning next month, a process that will likely take most of the year and begin with projects related to the federal military realignment plan expected to bring thousands of new residents and jobs to the region. In an effort to prepare for the influx, the council plans to tackle the process of comprehensive rezoning incrementally, with legislators first considering rezoning applications in council districts 1 and 4. Those districts are in close proximity to Fort Meade and the National Security Agency — where the bulk of development relating to the Defense Department's base realignment and closure plan, or BRAC, is expected.
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By June Arney and June Arney,sun reporter | October 24, 2007
Kimberly Flowers knows what she's up against, and she's still excited about her new job. As deputy director for planning and zoning for Howard County, Flowers sees her greatest challenge as overcoming public distrust of the system. "I don't think they believe we have the citizens' best interests in mind," said Flowers, 35. "I think they believe that we are encouraging too much development and at too rapid of a pace. I've heard word on the street of cutting backroom deals with developers."
NEWS
June 7, 1999
Public meetingsSykesville planning: The Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Town House meeting room at 7547 Main St. Information: 410-795-6390.
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July 27, 1998
Public meetingMount Airy planning: Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7: 30 p.m. today at Town Hall, 110 S. Main St. Information: 410-795-6012.Pub Date: 7/27/98
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October 14, 1994
In a story in yesterday's Carroll County section of The Sun, the chronology for certain events in Hampstead was incorrect. The town Planning and Zoning Commission gave preliminary approval to 220 homes in North Carroll Farms on Aug. 29. A resolution was introduced Sept. 13 in the Town Council to test the municipal adequate facilities clause in court. The confrontation between William Drummond and James Springer occurred at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | February 23, 1993
The Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission last night approved, for the second time, the site plan for the proposed Oakmont Green shopping center on the east side of Route 30, across from Brodbeck Road.But a representative of the owners of North Carroll Plaza, which is across Route 30 from the proposed Oakmont Green center, said the planning commission does not have jurisdiction to grant that approval.Clark Shaffer, a representative of North Carroll Plaza's owners, H. M. Mall Associates Ltd., said his clients and the developers of Oakmont Green have both appealed a related Hampstead Board of Zoning Appeals decision to the Carroll County Circuit Court.
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December 2, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning is seeking applicants to volunteer to serve on its Odenton Town Plan Oversight Committee. the committee works to help facilitate the Odenton Town Master Plan, adopted in 2009 to promote development of a transit-oriented, mixed-used community. The committee is comprised of nine members, all of whom are appointed by the county executive and serve a three-year term. There are no term limits. The committee meets the last Tuesday of each month.
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Staff Reports | October 1, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning will host a public meeting this week to present plans for a revitalization study along Mountain Road in Pasadena. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Ave., Pasadena. “This is an ... opportunity for residents in the Pasadena area to learn more about the study and the benefits of commercial revitalization,” said Mary Burkholder, acting president and CEO/director of the county's Commercial Revitalization Initiative.
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Staff Reports | September 23, 2013
County Executive Laura Neuman has announced the creation of a Transportation Commission to gather citizens' opinions on transportation programs in the county. The commission will host two meetings to gather comments on programs, specifically those involving public transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, roads and bridges, and program management. The meetings will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Annapolis High School, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Meade Middle School. Both will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will have a workshop format.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 4, 2013
Lawyers representing the owner of two Bel Air South properties that have figured prominently in a year-plus debate over future development in the area have asked a judge to review Harford County's recent approval of a site plan for a medical arts campus in the same neighborhood. The petition for judicial review of the site plan approval for the proposed MedStar Health ambulatory care campus was filed in Harford County Circuit Court on Aug. 9 on behalf of Evergreen Business Trust and the Haron Dahan Foundation.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 19, 2013
After months of waiting, members of Voters for Common Sense Growth, an organization opposed to the proposed rezoning of 91 acres in Maple Lawn to high-density residential, presented their case to the Howard County Council at a hearing earlier this week. "They are passionate and organized, and certainly have given us something to look at," said Council Chair Jen Terrasa following more than 90 minutes of testimony on June 17. The hearing was one of four the County Council scheduled on comprehensive zoning, a once in a decade process that allows land owners and the Department of Planning and Zoning an expedited avenue for zoning changes.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Anne Arundel County's Office of Planning and Zoning will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss new "growth tiers" for the county. The growth tiers are being established to comply with a state law popularly called the "septic bill. " The state law requires local governments to establish tiers describing where new subdivisions will be required to connect to the public sewer system and where new subdivisions must use septic systems. Officials from the Office and Planning and Zoning will present a map they've developed showing the tiers.
NEWS
July 27, 1998
FireTaneytown: Firefighters responded at 8: 12 a.m. Friday to a fire alarm in the first block of Kings Drive. Units were out 10 minutes.Public meetingsTaneytown planning: Taneytown Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7: 30 p.m. today at City Hall, 17 E. Baltimore St. Information: 410-756-2677.Union Bridge council: Union Bridge Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at Town Hall, 104 W. Locust St. Information: 410-775- 2711.New Windsor planning: New Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the town office, 211 High St. Information: 410-635- 6575.
NEWS
January 10, 2001
Klunk is newest member of zoning, planning panel Jaimee Klunk of Manchester has been sworn in by Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario as a member of Manchester Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission is responsible for the review and approval or disapproval of residential and commercial zoning and planning for Manchester. Klunk is a sales associate with the Hampstead OPF/ERA realty office and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors and Carroll County Association of Realtors.
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By John Leopold | June 14, 2012
When the General Assembly considered video lottery facility legislation in the special session of 2007, a defined area of Anne Arundel County was included as one of five designated sites. In fact, it was included as the site allocated the greatest number of slot machines. This meant it was the site that would generate the greatest revenue for the state education trust fund. Anne Arundel County was willing to accommodate the largest site and respond to the constitutional provision requiring compliance with local zoning laws.
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