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Tim Wheeler | February 14, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley's retooled proposal to limit development on septic tanks gets a hearing in Annapolis today, along with his other major green initiatives - increasing the "flush fee" to fix wastewater treatment plants and providing ratepayer subsidies to boost offshore wind energy projects. Lawmakers will hear from the governor on all three measures, but also from environmental and smart-growth activists, local officials, farmers and developers. Among those making a case for curbing low-density development on septics will be the Queen Anne's Conservation Association, which commissioned a study of growth trends in the Eastern Shore county just across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis.   You can view a YouTube summary of the study by Washington College here: Opposing the bill will be rural and some suburban officials, development and farming groups.  Interestingly, the Maryland Association of Counties, traditionally skeptical and even resistant of any state Smart Growth proposal, has decided to support the bill with amendments.  That may signify some support for the curbs among the more urban of the suburban counties, or it could be a ruse to appear supportive while proposing changes that effectively gut the legislation.  Carroll County 's commissioners, among the most vehemently opposed to any state role in curbing septics or limiting sprawl, take a hard line.  Richard Rothschild, vice president of the commissioners,...
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Ocean City officials plan to meet again after Labor Day to discuss tightening the rules around short-term rentals in some residential neighborhoods. The city hosted a public hearing Tuesday for people to air their opinions on the subject. Some residents have called for a ban of weekly rentals in single-family neighborhoods, which they say disrupt the quality of life and character of those areas. The proposal has prompted pushback from other property owners, who say restricting rentals would violate property rights, hurt people's investments and make the resort town less appealing to families.
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By TIMOTHY B. WHEELER | July 5, 1992
Francis "Nick" Codd was overjoyed last week when he heard that the Supreme Court ruled that property owners may be entitled to compensation if government regulations deprive them all use of their land.The Arnold optician has been trying in vain for two years to get the permits he needs to build a house on the Severn River. His family has owned a quarter-acre waterfront lot in Severna Park for three decades, long before passage of the state and federal laws designed to protect wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay that have denied him his dream home.
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June 30, 2013
The private ownership of property is embedded throughout the Constitution and is a foundational aspect of the American experience ("High court bolsters property owners' rights" June 26). Justice Elena Kagan's strongly worded dissent that state and local government land-use decisions would be subjected to heightened constitutional scrutiny reflects her apparently limited understanding - or more likely - socialist-leaning personal philosophy regarding the Constitution and the reasons the country was founded, one of which was individual property rights.
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By Timothy Sandefur | September 6, 2006
When the Supreme Court handed down its Kelo v. New London decision last year allowing governments to use eminent domain to seize private property and hand it over to developers, people in Maryland and across the nation were outraged. Dozens of states passed new laws to prevent politicians from taking away property rights. But in spite of the public outcry, government officials are devising more tricks to dispossess property owners. One such trick, called "amortization," allows government to take property without even giving owners the "just compensation" to which they are constitutionally entitled.
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By Michael Gisriel | July 14, 1996
Dear Mr. Gisriel: What are a spouse's legal rights in Maryland regarding jointly owned or individually owned real estate in the event of a marital breakup or divorce?Kathy MorsebergerRosedaleDear Ms. Morseberger: Under Maryland law prior to 1978, at the termination of a marriage, legal title was the only controlling factor as to the disposition of real estate. For example, legal title in a home required that it be distributed to the record title holder when the divorce decree was finalized.
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By KENNETH R. HARNEY | April 28, 1996
WASHINGTON -- With the 104th Congress heading for the homestretch -- and into the heat of the campaign season -- homeowners, buyers and investors may be interested to know: What's the status of key real estate, tax and property rights issues pending on Capitol Hill?Here's a quick update.Taxes: Don't hold your breath, but there's still a chance that the Republican-controlled Congress and the Clinton administration will agree on a compromise tax package, including some form of capital gains relief covering all forms of real estate sales.
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By Ellen James Martin and Ellen James Martin,Staff Writer | May 12, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Across the nation, the battle cry of landowners is: "If I can't use it, pay me for it," planning officials say.In Maryland and elsewhere, local government planners are meeting increasing resistance from an emerging "property rights movement," according to those attending a convention of the American Planning Association (APA) here yesterday."Increasingly, it's 'property-rightists' vs. environmentalists," said Karen Finucan, a spokeswoman for the planning association.As regulations proliferate related to environmental protection, aesthetics and affordable housing, the number of defiant property owners heading to the courts and using lawsuits to demand compensation for lost property rights probably will continue to multiply, said Connie Cooper, the APA president.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
A second ground rent reform law has been invalidated, with an Anne Arundel County judge ruling that the 2007 law dealing with collection of overdue rents is unconstitutional because it tramples ground rent holders' property rights. The holding of ground rents is a property right protected by the state constitution, Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said in his ruling filed Tuesday. Infringing on those rights made the new law invalid, he wrote, because the ground lease holders were not compensated for their financial losses.
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September 9, 2007
In the five years I have represented District 31, the number one issue I deal with is complaints regarding Anne Arundel County planning, zoning and enforcement. Many constituents have come to a point where they perceive these departments to be adversarial to a cooperative balance between legitimate zoning law and personal property rights. Zoning regulations used properly along with a proper understanding and balance of citizens' property rights, would serve well to preserve within reason, the county's natural treasures.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 16, 2013
Editor: That is exactly what the County Council is doing when they try to change the zoning in the middle of owners who are complying with the law. I do not have an opinion one way or the other in regards to Walmart; however I do not like the fact that private property rights are being trampled on. When a piece of property is zoned for a use and the owner is using the property that it is zoned for, why does the Council feel a need to change it...
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November 15, 2012
The letter written by Kristen Burger, president of the Sparks Glencoe Community Planning Council in the North County News (Oct. 11, "Councilman Huff's CZMP decisions only benefit 'chosen few'") begs for rebuttal. It contains untruthful and inaccurate claims. The council assumes that it has power to express its agenda on development and total environmental protection to all the citizens of the 3rd District and in particular, the Hereford Zone. They do not represent most of the people in the Sparks Glencoe area and very few in the North County.
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November 6, 2012
The Sun has published a number of letters and commentaries that illustrate a degree of confusion about marriage, family and the nuclear family in particular. The word family comes from the Latin word familias, which originally meant the household property of a man, including his wife, his children and his domestic servants and slaves. Throughout the world there have always been multiple, culturally defined norms of what both families and marriages are. A few have been matriarchal, but the majority, particularly in modern times, have been patriarchal.
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Tim Wheeler | February 14, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley's retooled proposal to limit development on septic tanks gets a hearing in Annapolis today, along with his other major green initiatives - increasing the "flush fee" to fix wastewater treatment plants and providing ratepayer subsidies to boost offshore wind energy projects. Lawmakers will hear from the governor on all three measures, but also from environmental and smart-growth activists, local officials, farmers and developers. Among those making a case for curbing low-density development on septics will be the Queen Anne's Conservation Association, which commissioned a study of growth trends in the Eastern Shore county just across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis.   You can view a YouTube summary of the study by Washington College here: Opposing the bill will be rural and some suburban officials, development and farming groups.  Interestingly, the Maryland Association of Counties, traditionally skeptical and even resistant of any state Smart Growth proposal, has decided to support the bill with amendments.  That may signify some support for the curbs among the more urban of the suburban counties, or it could be a ruse to appear supportive while proposing changes that effectively gut the legislation.  Carroll County 's commissioners, among the most vehemently opposed to any state role in curbing septics or limiting sprawl, take a hard line.  Richard Rothschild, vice president of the commissioners,...
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December 25, 2011
What if Maryland's governor initiated a plan to incrementally reduce local planning authority and concentrate it in the hands of unaccountable technocrats in Annapolis? What if he dusted off a 37-year-old law and used it as a pretext to implement this plan? What if the science behind the effort was not genuine, objective science, but junk science? What if the process of developing the plan has not been one of true consensus building and collaboration, as Maryland Planning Secretary Richard Hall has repeatedly suggested?
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
A second ground rent reform law has been invalidated, with an Anne Arundel County judge ruling that the 2007 law dealing with collection of overdue rents is unconstitutional because it tramples ground rent holders' property rights. The holding of ground rents is a property right protected by the state constitution, Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said in his ruling filed Tuesday. Infringing on those rights made the new law invalid, he wrote, because the ground lease holders were not compensated for their financial losses.
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October 29, 2010
I am extremely perplexed by how you decided whom to endorse for County Council in the 3rd District, where one of the most important issues is preservation — both for the land itself and to protect the water supply used by most of your readers. After all, if it happens in the 3rd District, it eventually comes out of your faucet in the city. The legacy that Councilman T. Bryan McIntire leaves after 16 years is one of preservation, and both candidates have said that they will continue this legacy.
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August 10, 2011
It used to be that property rights in this country meant something but apparently not to the Hilltop/Maple Community Association ("Residents lament new construction," Catonsville Times, July 27). They worked tirelessly to deny elderly Mrs. Baker the right to sell her land, at a fair market price, to whomever she wanted. When Mrs. Baker could no longer negotiate the stairs to use the bathroom and bedroom at her Maple Avenue property, she found a buyer so that she could finance her assisted living needs.
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Dan Rodricks | December 17, 2011
Every now and then, a city story goes country. Some fact of urban life - poverty, drug dealing, traffic congestion - spills into the suburbs, and there's all sorts of noise about it; you'd think the problem had never existed until someone discovered it beyond the Beltway. I'm thinking of Rick Impallaria's problems with a towing company in Harford County. People in Baltimore have been complaining about the practices (and fees) of towing companies for years. But the most notable battle over towing practices of late has occurred in Mr. Impallaria's backyard, at the Harford-Baltimore county border.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
Attorneys for thousands of ground-rent holders told an Anne Arundel County judge Wednesday that a reform law tramples their property rights, particularly through a process that they say makes delinquent rent collection cost more than the rent payments are worth. Edward J. Meehan, representing the group seeking to have the ground-rent reform law eliminated, also asked Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. to rule that the now-defunct process of ejectment be protected. Ejectment let ground-rent holders take possession of the homes of people who failed to pay even small amounts of ground rent.
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