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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | November 25, 1992
The County Council agrees with residents and developers that there should be more discussion of the planning department's rewrite of the county subdivision regulations."
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2003
The Harford County Council put off until its next meeting on Sept. 2 decisions on two hotly debated issues: the county's hiring of an out-of-state law firm to revise its zoning and subdivision regulations, and a plan to overhaul how the county regulates private waste disposal systems. The lawmakers voted Tuesday to carry over the two subjects when there was no immediate agreement on the issues during a session that ran close to midnight. Council members viewed with suspicion a proposal by County Executive James M. Harkins to spend up to $50,000 to retain a Missouri law firm to update the county's 20-year-old zoning and subdivision regulations.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 17, 2003
A bill that would change the county's subdivision regulations split residents into two emotional camps last night during a Howard County Council hearing on proposed legislation. About 20 speakers took to the podium, explaining - sometimes with voices shaking - why council members should alternately embrace or eradicate a bill that tries to control small-scale building by limiting subdivision of property in several ways. The most hotly contested limitation suggested removing a one-lot exemption to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 17, 2003
A bill that would change the county's subdivision regulations split residents into two emotional camps last night during a Howard County Council hearing on proposed legislation. About 20 speakers took to the podium, explaining - sometimes with voices shaking - why council members should alternately embrace or eradicate a bill that tries to control small-scale building by limiting subdivision of property in several ways. The most hotly contested limitation suggested removing a one-lot exemption to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO)
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1994
After a year of workshops, revisions and discussion, the Town Council approved the 1993 Mount Airy Master Plan last night.The plan, developed by town planner Teresa Bamberger and the Planning Commission, is a blueprint to guide growth and development over the next 10 years.Revision of the 1982 plan began three years ago.Council President Delaine Hobbs commended Ms. Bamberger and Planning Commission Chairman Frederick Goundry for the work."I think you've come up with a master plan that's do-able and acceptable," he said.
NEWS
December 29, 1993
When developers obtain approval for subdivision plans and alter them without notifying the local planning commission, they are thwarting the entire development review process. A proposal by the Carroll County Planning Commission to levy heavy fines against developers for such violations certainly seems appropriate. Two recent cases point up the need for stiff sanctions.Developer Wynne A. Stevens changed the driveways in a subdivision called Kenmar Manor at White Rock and Martz roads. Instead of having straight gravel driveways as detailed in his plans, Mr. Wynne widened and upgraded the driveways, significantly deviating from the approved plan and altering drainage conditions.
NEWS
December 1, 1995
:TC CARROLL COUNTY Commissioner Richard T. Yates apparently did not bother to think through the implications of his proposed legislation giving the board of commissioners the power to override every county planning commission decision. If he had, this proposal never would have surfaced.The county planning commission, created in 1959, is responsible for developing Carroll's master plan, zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. In addition, the commission ensures that development projects conform to this regulatory framework.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | April 5, 1994
The Mount Airy Town Council last night adopted new zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations that addressed site lighting, homeowners associations, road grades and topography studies for developments.The regulations were developed by the town's planning and zoning commission and town planners over several months.Under the new site lighting ordinance, lighting to illuminate pedestrian or parking areas may be required by the planning commission before site plans are approved. The lighting must be installed so it isn't obtrusive to nearby residences unless approval is obtained from adjacent property owners.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | February 2, 1992
unless you own land divided by a publicly maintained road and want to subdivide it.The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed Friday to ask the county attorney's office to study an amendment to county subdivision regulations proposed by two Westminster lawyers.The amendment would allow an owner whose land is divided by a publicly maintained road to obtain one more lot when subdividing his property."We're not talking about opening a Pandora's box," attorneyClark R. Shaffer said.He and attorney Charles D. Hollman said they are trying to get into writing a practice that had been allowed for at least 18 years.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
A proposal to require protected areas around streams that run through new subdivisions in Carroll County came under fire from lawyers and land surveyors yesterday.The three lawyers and two surveyors who testified at a county planning commission hearing on proposed changes in subdivision regulations also criticized some language as unclear; predicted that the changes would replace the commission's discretion with rigid rules; and said that they felt left out of the drafting process and had learned of the proposed changes too late to suggest alternatives.
NEWS
December 1, 1995
:TC CARROLL COUNTY Commissioner Richard T. Yates apparently did not bother to think through the implications of his proposed legislation giving the board of commissioners the power to override every county planning commission decision. If he had, this proposal never would have surfaced.The county planning commission, created in 1959, is responsible for developing Carroll's master plan, zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. In addition, the commission ensures that development projects conform to this regulatory framework.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 18, 1995
A Harford Circuit Court judge has denied a class-action complaint against Harford County by landowners who were required to deed a portion of their land for some of the cost of immediate and future road improvements in order to subdivide their property into more than five building lots.In a written opinion Tuesday, Judge Maurice W. Baldwin granted the county's motion to deny class-action certification to Joseph J. Wielepski of the 3600 block of Day Road in Darlington and his brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Janet Wielepski of the 3500 block of Day Road.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | April 5, 1994
The Mount Airy Town Council last night adopted new zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations that addressed site lighting, homeowners associations, road grades and topography studies for developments.The regulations were developed by the town's planning and zoning commission and town planners over several months.Under the new site lighting ordinance, lighting to illuminate pedestrian or parking areas may be required by the planning commission before site plans are approved. The lighting must be installed so it isn't obtrusive to nearby residences unless approval is obtained from adjacent property owners.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1994
After a year of workshops, revisions and discussion, the Town Council approved the 1993 Mount Airy Master Plan last night.The plan, developed by town planner Teresa Bamberger and the Planning Commission, is a blueprint to guide growth and development over the next 10 years.Revision of the 1982 plan began three years ago.Council President Delaine Hobbs commended Ms. Bamberger and Planning Commission Chairman Frederick Goundry for the work."I think you've come up with a master plan that's do-able and acceptable," he said.
NEWS
December 29, 1993
When developers obtain approval for subdivision plans and alter them without notifying the local planning commission, they are thwarting the entire development review process. A proposal by the Carroll County Planning Commission to levy heavy fines against developers for such violations certainly seems appropriate. Two recent cases point up the need for stiff sanctions.Developer Wynne A. Stevens changed the driveways in a subdivision called Kenmar Manor at White Rock and Martz roads. Instead of having straight gravel driveways as detailed in his plans, Mr. Wynne widened and upgraded the driveways, significantly deviating from the approved plan and altering drainage conditions.
NEWS
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
A proposal to require protected areas around streams that run through new subdivisions in Carroll County came under fire from lawyers and land surveyors yesterday.The three lawyers and two surveyors who testified at a county planning commission hearing on proposed changes in subdivision regulations also criticized some language as unclear; predicted that the changes would replace the commission's discretion with rigid rules; and said that they felt left out of the drafting process and had learned of the proposed changes too late to suggest alternatives.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | November 24, 1992
A 5 percent cap on personal property assessments would cost Howard County $2.2 million -- about 4 cents on the property tax rate, County Budget Director Raymond S. Wacks said last night.Despite an impending shortfall of at least $20 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Mr. Wacks urged the County Council to pass the assessment cap."If there are to be relatively large increases in revenue, they will have to be done through the tax rate" rather than through increased assessments, Mr. Wacks said.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | December 11, 1992
The County Council broke with tradition yesterday and invite developers and a civic leader to take part in a work session dealing with the county's proposed new subdivision regulations.Usually, people with special interests are allowed to attend work sessions on legislation affecting them, but unless asked a question by the council, they are seen but not heard.Not this time. At yesterday's work session, developers pressed their objections whenever they felt like it.Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, hoped to resolve developer objections to the proposed regulations by having developers, the county planning office, and Carol Filipczak, president of the Howard County Citizens' Association, take part in a round-table discussion.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | December 11, 1992
The County Council broke with tradition yesterday and invite developers and a civic leader to take part in a work session dealing with the county's proposed new subdivision regulations.Usually, people with special interests are allowed to attend work sessions on legislation affecting them, but unless asked a question by the council, they are seen but not heard.Not this time. At yesterday's work session, developers pressed their objections whenever they felt like it.Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, hoped to resolve developer objections to the proposed regulations by having developers, the county planning office, and Carol Filipczak, president of the Howard County Citizens' Association, take part in a round-table discussion.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | November 25, 1992
The County Council agrees with residents and developers that there should be more discussion of the planning department's rewrite of the county subdivision regulations."
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