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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1996
The county's new growth-control law hasn't taken effect yet, and already developers are tangling with the county planning director over how to interpret it."We'll have our lawyers meet your lawyers," Richard L. Hull, president of Carroll Land Services Inc., told Planning Director Philip Rovang yesterday during an impromptu discussion of the new law.The meeting was amicable until Mr. Rovang sought to explain a clause that would allow a developer to apply for an "early release" from most of the restrictions of the growth-control legislation.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1999
Former Carroll Planning Director Philip J. Rovang, who resigned in February as part of a staff shake-up, has been hired as the planning director for Lake County, Ill.Rovang said yesterday that he will draw on his experiences guiding development in Carroll for 3 1/2 years to plan Lake County's fast-growth future.Lake County, population 600,000, is between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. It is expected to grow by 250,000 during the next 20 years, Rovang said.The challenge of the position will be to balance the needs of the county and its 52 municipalities, which contain more than 84 percent of the county's population, Rovang said.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare and Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1999
Amid reports of upheaval in county government, the Carroll board of commissioners has accepted the resignation of its director of planning.As Philip J. Rovang prepares to leave office March 3, county employees are concerned that other staff changes are pending. Several employees, who asked not to be named, said supervisors told them Friday that the commissioners had asked all department directors to submit letters of resignation and reapply for their positions.Commissioners Julia Walsh Gouge and Donald I. Dell refused to confirm or deny that the three-member board had asked for any resignations.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare and Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1999
Amid reports of upheaval in county government, the Carroll board of commissioners has accepted the resignation of its director of planning.As Philip J. Rovang prepares to leave office March 3, county employees are concerned that other staff changes are pending. Several employees, who asked not to be named, said supervisors told them Friday that the commissioners had asked all department directors to submit letters of resignation and reapply for their positions.Commissioners Julia Walsh Gouge and Donald I. Dell refused to confirm or deny that the three-member board had asked for any resignations.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1999
Former Carroll Planning Director Philip J. Rovang, who resigned in February as part of a staff shake-up, has been hired as the planning director for Lake County, Ill.Rovang said yesterday that he will draw on his experiences guiding development in Carroll for 3 1/2 years to plan Lake County's fast-growth future.Lake County, population 600,000, is between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. It is expected to grow by 250,000 during the next 20 years, Rovang said.The challenge of the position will be to balance the needs of the county and its 52 municipalities, which contain more than 84 percent of the county's population, Rovang said.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | September 15, 1995
The Carroll County commissioners are expected to announce this morning that the new planning director will be a man who has held a similar position in an eastern Iowa county for 16 years.According to the county administrator in Scott County, Iowa, his planning director, Phil Rovang, is to take the position vacated in July by longtime Carroll planning director Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman, who retired after almost 25 years in the job."The experience we will lose by his leaving will be tremendous, but I am happy for him," Scott County Administrator F. Glen Erickson said last night from his home in Davenport, Iowa.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1996
The owners of Eldersburg Business Center will ask the Board of Zoning Appeals late this month to grant them a conditional use to build a post office on a 3-acre site there.The U.S. Postal Service wants to replace its Sykesville facility with one at the northwest corner of the center at Route 32 and Bennett Road.A new facility is needed, Sykesville Postmaster Norma West told the County Commissioners last week, because of growth in the Eldersburg area. The post office is processing three times the amount of mail it was designed to handle, West said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1998
The County Commissioners adopted procedures yesterday that will allow development to proceed in accordance with Carroll's recently adopted residential growth control law."Everybody now knows what the rules of the game are," county planning director Philip J. Rovang said after the procedures became official yesterday. "People can make significant decisions about their land, and about lending and borrowing money, with the certainty that the rules won't change halfway down the pipeline."Yesterday's vote by County Commissioners W. Benjamin Brown and Donald I. Dell means that the county's new growth control law "is fully implemented as of today," Rovang said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1996
The County Commissioners expect to vote tomorrow on whether to spend up to $50,000 for a financial consultant that the Planning Department says it needs to develop a new master plan.At least one commissioner, Donald I. Dell, is balking at the cost, arguing that the county already has the staff and expertise to handle such an endeavor.County planners said a consultant is needed to help determine the costs of services, including roads, schools, public health and safety. A consultant would help find alternative funding sources for such services, they said.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
If you want to open a snowball stand or build a Wal-Mart in Carroll County, the development procedure is the same: long and often tedious.Both businesses must navigate a bureaucratic labyrinth of county and state agencies dealing with health, soil conservation, engineering, safety and environmental concerns. Both must appear before county boards and committees. And both could pay thousands of dollars in legal expenses and county fees.It can take six to 12 months for final approval.The County Commissioners will consider today whether to change this one-size-fits-all policy, allowing smaller businesses to take a short cut through the county's site development review process.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
Finksburg residents covered everything from traffic to tourism in a wide-ranging meeting with the county planning commission -- the beginnings of a comprehensive planning process for an area that's a bottleneck and a gateway to Carroll.County planners and commission members wanted to hear from residents and business people what they want included in a plan for their unincorporated and undefined community, which lies along Route 140 southeast of Westminster."How about a gateway community designation?"
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
If you want to open a snowball stand or build a Wal-Mart in Carroll County, the development procedure is the same: long and often tedious.Both businesses must navigate a bureaucratic labyrinth of county and state agencies dealing with health, soil conservation, engineering, safety and environmental concerns. Both must appear before county boards and committees. And both could pay thousands of dollars in legal expenses and county fees.It can take six to 12 months for final approval.The County Commissioners will consider today whether to change this one-size-fits-all policy, allowing smaller businesses to take a short cut through the county's site development review process.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1998
The County Commissioners adopted procedures yesterday that will allow development to proceed in accordance with Carroll's recently adopted residential growth control law."Everybody now knows what the rules of the game are," county planning director Philip J. Rovang said after the procedures became official yesterday. "People can make significant decisions about their land, and about lending and borrowing money, with the certainty that the rules won't change halfway down the pipeline."Yesterday's vote by County Commissioners W. Benjamin Brown and Donald I. Dell means that the county's new growth control law "is fully implemented as of today," Rovang said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1996
The owners of Eldersburg Business Center will ask the Board of Zoning Appeals late this month to grant them a conditional use to build a post office on a 3-acre site there.The U.S. Postal Service wants to replace its Sykesville facility with one at the northwest corner of the center at Route 32 and Bennett Road.A new facility is needed, Sykesville Postmaster Norma West told the County Commissioners last week, because of growth in the Eldersburg area. The post office is processing three times the amount of mail it was designed to handle, West said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1996
The County Commissioners expect to vote tomorrow on whether to spend up to $50,000 for a financial consultant that the Planning Department says it needs to develop a new master plan.At least one commissioner, Donald I. Dell, is balking at the cost, arguing that the county already has the staff and expertise to handle such an endeavor.County planners said a consultant is needed to help determine the costs of services, including roads, schools, public health and safety. A consultant would help find alternative funding sources for such services, they said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1996
The county's new growth-control law hasn't taken effect yet, and already developers are tangling with the county planning director over how to interpret it."We'll have our lawyers meet your lawyers," Richard L. Hull, president of Carroll Land Services Inc., told Planning Director Philip Rovang yesterday during an impromptu discussion of the new law.The meeting was amicable until Mr. Rovang sought to explain a clause that would allow a developer to apply for an "early release" from most of the restrictions of the growth-control legislation.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1996
Because South Carroll is to bear the brunt of the county's growth, its residents are demanding a much larger role in planning it.The county Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the formation of a community council for South Carroll. Volunteers will work with the commission on growth issues and on a major revision to the 18-year-old Freedom District miniplan, set for completion in early 1997."We are enabling you to put together your master plan for the next 20 years," county Planning Director Philip J. Rovang told the slow-growth group, Better Solutions for South Carroll, last week.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
Finksburg residents covered everything from traffic to tourism in a wide-ranging meeting with the county planning commission -- the beginnings of a comprehensive planning process for an area that's a bottleneck and a gateway to Carroll.County planners and commission members wanted to hear from residents and business people what they want included in a plan for their unincorporated and undefined community, which lies along Route 140 southeast of Westminster."How about a gateway community designation?"
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1996
Because South Carroll is to bear the brunt of the county's growth, its residents are demanding a much larger role in planning it.The county Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the formation of a community council for South Carroll. Volunteers will work with the commission on growth issues and on a major revision to the 18-year-old Freedom District miniplan, set for completion in early 1997."We are enabling you to put together your master plan for the next 20 years," county Planning Director Philip J. Rovang told the slow-growth group, Better Solutions for South Carroll, last week.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | September 15, 1995
The Carroll County commissioners are expected to announce this morning that the new planning director will be a man who has held a similar position in an eastern Iowa county for 16 years.According to the county administrator in Scott County, Iowa, his planning director, Phil Rovang, is to take the position vacated in July by longtime Carroll planning director Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman, who retired after almost 25 years in the job."The experience we will lose by his leaving will be tremendous, but I am happy for him," Scott County Administrator F. Glen Erickson said last night from his home in Davenport, Iowa.
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