April 26, 2012
I would like to expand on my comments about the Warfield neighborhood traffic outlook presented at the April 12th meeting of the Planning Board hearing and reported in your April 19 edition. The Town Center Village Board, which represents Warfield residents, expressed concerns that while adding 800 residential units and new retail stores, the Howard Hughes Corporation plan approved by the Planning Board actually reduces the number of travel lanes on Mall Ring Road in the vicinity of the AMC Theater, from the number recommended in the original Downtown Design Guidelines.
March 27, 2012
The Department of Planning and Zoning in conjunction with the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards. As part of this year's annual celebration, the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission will present preservation awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding achievements in historic preservation in Harford County. Awards will be presented in May in recognition of National Historic Preservation Month.
March 22, 2012
When developer James W. Rouse revealed plans in 1963 to build a "new city" in Howard County, he predicted that it would have more than 100,000 residents by 1980. Nearly five decades later, Rouse's planned community - named Columbia in 1964 - still hasn't officially crossed that numerical threshold, federal and local planners say. But it appears poised to do so within the next few years. According to both the U. S. Census Bureau and Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning, Columbia had between 99,000 and 100,000 residents as of December 2011, and that number has essentially held steady for the past several years because of a lack of housing construction.
January 31, 2012
Dear President Boniface: The League of Women Voters (LWV) works to protect the citizen's right to know and to promote citizen participation in government decision-making. We believe that a democratic government depends on these principles. At the request of the County Executive, the Harford County Council has introduced Bill 12-01, "2012 Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan. " LWV of Harford County understands the importance of these plans. Our one concern is that the public, as well as the County Council, have not been provided with maps of sufficient clarity and detail to enable proper consideration of the information portrayed in them.
December 15, 2011
The Bush River Community Council will host a public discussion on the master plan for the Bush River communities of Abingdon, Belcamp, Long Bar Harbor, Otter Creek, Perryman and HollyWoods on Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road in Abingdon. In October, the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning released an update to the master plan specifically designed for the areas surrounding the Bush River. This plan will be the guideline for how the county foresees development in the Bush River community for the next 10 years.
December 12, 2011
Some months ago, Howard County Council Bill 52 came up for public hearing. This bill, sponsored by the administration, would eliminate the county's Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board. This citizen board was created in 1992, at the urging of then-County Council member Vernon Gray, following the illegal demolition of graves in historic St. Mary's Cemetery (Turf Valley Overlook) during the building of houses atop and within the three-acre cemetery. The new advisory board, to be appointed by the county executive and to serve without compensation, was charged with creating and maintaining a current cemetery inventory and map, and with providing continuing oversight of our cemeteries to insure their preservation.